’80s New Wave Band Naked Eyes Sues Reservoir to...

’80s New Wave Band Naked Eyes Sues Reservoir to Win Back Their Masters


The group behind the hit “Always Something There to Remind Me” says Reservoir refuses to acknowledge that they invoked the termination right for their music.

Naked Eyes

Naked Eyes

Ron Wolfson/Michael Ochs Archives/GI

The members of 1980s new wave band Naked Eyes are suing Reservoir Media Management to win back control of their masters in the latest music industry battle over copyright law’s so-called termination right.

In a complaint filed last week in Los Angeles federal court, the members of the English synthpop group claimed they had filed a valid notice invoking the termination right – a rule that allows artists to take back control decades after selling their music – but that Reservoir had “stubbornly” refused to acknowledge it.

“While the Copyright Act confers upon authors the valuable ‘second chance’ that they so often need, the authors of sound recordings … have encountered not only resistance from many record labels and music companies, they have often been subjected to the stubborn and unfounded disregard of their rights under the law and, in many instances, willful copyright infringement,” the lawsuit reads.

Comprised of Peter Byrne and Rob Fisher, Naked Eyes rose to prominence in the early 1980s. Their 1983 cover of “Always Something There to Remind Me” rose to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and their follow-up “Promises, Promises” reached No. 11 on the chart.

The lawsuit was filed by Byrne and Graham Fisher, heir to the late Rob Fisher. It claims they filed proper notice to terminate Reservoir’s control of their debut self-titled album, which contains both “Always Something” and “Promises, Promises,” meaning the rights should have reverted back to them on May 9. But they say the company has continued to exploit the album “with impunity” ever since.

“This action is brought upon the grounds that Reservoir, without any viable or tenable legal grounds for doing so, has stubbornly and willfully refused to comply with Naked Eyes’ Notice of Termination,” the complaint continues.

There’s been no shortage of recent music lawsuits over the termination right. Brian Wilson and his ex-wife are involved in termination litigation, as are Cher and Sonny Bono’s widow. 2 Live Crew is fighting a case filed by its former label, and Dwight Yoakam only just recently settled a case he filed against Warner Music. Most notably, Universal Music Group and Sony Music are facing proposed class actions that seek to allow hundreds of recording artists to use the termination right to win back their masters.

In a statement to Billboard, Naked Eyes’ attorney Bridget Byrnes Hirsch said the lawsuit had been a last resort: “Naked Eyes asked Reservoir Media Management to follow the law and return the US rights, but Reservoir flatly refused, and, to make matters much worse, Reservoir has continued to exploit the masters and has engaged in copyright infringement. Unfortunately, suits like this one will continue to be filed, until labels like Reservoir decide to honor the inalienable termination rights of recording artists.”

Daily newsletters straight to your inbox


Read More

Latest news

Processing a Tragedy in Monterey Park

The news that a mass shooting had taken place at a ballroom-dance studio in the Los Angeles County city...

EcoPoxy Products Are Now Available Online for Sale

Emigrant, MT, 27th January 2023, ZEXPRWIRE, All American Woodworks is thrilled to announce that they have updated their inventory...

Ainnova Tech announces Dr. Maziar Lalezary, M.D. as Medical advisor and member of Medical Board

Renowned Ophthalmologist joins to the team to accelerate development of early detection solutions with AI for retinal imaging Houston, Texas,...

Top-5 hospitality trends to look out for in 2023

Mumbai, India, 27th January 2023, ZEXPRWIRE, The hospitality sector was affected by Covid 19 in a way similar to...
- Advertisement -spot_img

Dr. Safi Chand, the owner of New Market Animal Hospital Launched Pet Healthcare Library

New Market, Maryland, 27th January 2023, ZEXPRWIRE, Dr. Safi Chand is a veterinarian and the owner of New Market Animal...

Nashville Religion Communicators to Tour Nashville Public Radio

The Nashville Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) meets monthly to talk about topics of interest and hear...

Must read

- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_imgspot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you