Flow & Eddie vs. Pandora Media
In 2018, on behalf of the legacies of late jazz legends, Dexter Gordon and Woody Shaw, Moontrane Media Group, LLC (founded by Woody Shaw III) participated in the Amicus Brief (legal testimony document) used in the appeal for the California Court of Appeals case Flow & Eddie vs. Pandora Media. The groundbreaking case helped restore the public performance right for digital broadcasts in favor of artists whose recordings were made prior to the advent of the 1972 sound recording copyright.
The California Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the reassigned rights, giving artists, estates, and heirs the rights to revenues generated through digital broadcasting media such as Sirius XM and Pandora. Moontrane Media Group, LLC is listed as one of the many esteemed artist representatives along with the estates of the Greatful Dead, Carole King, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Judy Garland, Glenn Campbell, Jimi Hendrix, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, and many others.
The case of Floe & Eddie vs. Pandora established the protection of sound recordings made prior to 1972 through the public performance right, on behalf of artists and estates in the state of California (Dexter Gordon was a California native). The landmark case has resulted in a new Civil Code [§980(a)(2)] and serves as a victory for artists and copyright holders over the historical monopoly of broadcasters on (unpaid) public performance royalties.
Woody Shaw III (and Maxine Gordon, widow and biographer of Dexter Gordon) were referenced extensively in the Amicus Brief presented to the Supreme Court of California, and their quoted statements were used to close the final paragraph of the document.
Read the Official Supreme Court Document (See pages 15, 42, and the bibliography)