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Archived updates for Friday, June 24, 2005

TGIF for the Return of Dr. Funkenstein

After showing us that even unidentifiable samples of his music are still copyright infringements, George Clinton, aka "Dr. Funkenstein," has now convinced Judge Manuel L. Real of Federal District Court of Los Angeles that he also owns the master recordings of four albums made in the 1970's with his band Funkadelic.

Unfortunately, the good Doctor lost a court ruling in 2001 where claimed to still owned the copyrights for that music, which are now controlled by his onetime publisher, Bridgeport Music. According to the June 7, 2005 New York Times, it is not clear whether the latest ruling would provide for a new claim on that issue.

"I'm still writing the whole history of the thing," Mr. Clinton reportedly said. "I just want my stuff back."

Luckily, the rest of us can get our funk back here.
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