[S]un Entertainment Corp. is suing a Houston record company over the use of Johnny Cash recordings in advertisements, including a trailer for the movie “Zombieland” that featured a remixed version of “Country Boy" According to the lawsuit, Sun entered into a licensing agreement in 2007 with Compadre Records that allowed the label to remix “Johnny Cash — The Complete Sun Recordings — 1955-1958” for a new album.
[ . . . ] Specifically, Sun alleges that it has not seen its share of $40,000 that Compadre was paid by the producers of “Zombieland,” $23,250 that Compadre was paid by ABC for its use of the same remixed song in promotional advertisements for the CMA Music Festival and Awards, or $70,000 that Compadre was paid by Columbia for its use of the remixed version of “Get Rhythm” in an advertising campaign.
Sun accuses Compadre of breach of contract and copyright infringement. The label has not yet responded to the lawsuit, which is pending in the U.S. District Court in Nashville."
I have some not very well-thought-out ideas about lawsuits over intellectual property and the fair use doctrine particularly as it relates to artists using original material in new works of art, and small-fry collectors being sued into oblivion by the RIAA. That is not what this case is about. This is an argument by some major corporations having a pissing contest about dollars.
But if you knew the historty . . . well, it's very cool.
With “Jackie Brenston (Ike Turner's sax man) and his Delta Cats,” Phillips recorded the ur-rock and R&B hit “Rocket 88,” about the 1951 Oldsmobile 88. Some historians call this the first true rock records.
|Sam Phillips and Elvis|
But Johnny Cash is so much more than these Sun recordings in the 1950s.
|Ar Folsom Prison|
|Cash in Performance at Folsom Prison|
Oh, and one more thing, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and San Quentin are the greatest law-related recordings in western culture.