EMI Retains Rights to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

In Baldwin v. EMI Feist Catalog, the Southern District of New York recently made a list of reasons – in the form of a judicial opinion, which it likely checked more than twice – why music publisher EMI can keep the rights to the 1934 holiday classic “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“.  While the court did not decide which party was “naughty” and which was “nice”, it determined that EMI was entitled to summary judgment.

The Second Circuit reversed this decision; see Baldwin v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc., 805 F.3d 18 (2d Cir. 2015).