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Asters Successfully Defends Kuzma Song Copyrights

Asters Successfully Defends Kuzma Song Copyrights

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Asters has successfully represented Andriy Kuzmenko's estate in copyright proceedings in Ukraine.

According to Asters, “on March 28, 2023, the Northern Commercial Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of Moon Records LLC and upheld the decision of the first instance court to recognize that the copyright in the lyrics of musician and leader of Skryabin band Andriy Kuzmenko belongs to Kuzma Skryabin LLC. The rights were acquired under an agreement with Andriy Kuzmenko's widow. Importantly, the courts have also confirmed Andriy Kuzmenko's authorship for the lyrics.”

According to the firm, “in 2021, Moon Records LLC applied to the court against Kuzma Skryabin LLC and Folio Publishers Ltd claiming infringement of copyright in the "Rocky Road to Berlin" book, which was first published in 2006 and comprised the texts of songs. The plaintiff relied on the alleged recent acquisition of copyright in the songs from other band members and sought compensation. However, in September 2022, the Commercial Court of the city of Kyiv rejected the claim ruling that the plaintiff and other band members failed to prove their copyright.”

Asters’ team included Partner Julia Semeniy, Senior Associate Olena Kozhokar, and Junior Associate Tetiana Melnyk.

Asters at a Glance

Founded in 1995, Asters is the largest Ukrainian law firm with offices in Kyiv, Washington D.C., Brussels and London.

The Firm provides efficient transactional legal advice and represents clients on a broad spectrum of matters arising in the course of doing business in Ukraine. Asters has extensive industry-specific experience and plays a leading role in advising clients in various market sectors.

Asters’ 130-strong legal team combines world-class professionalism and quality with clear understanding of local realities so that our clients receive practically oriented advice in the most client-friendly manner. Asters’ lawyers received law degrees from the best European, Ukrainian and US law schools, including Yale, Harvard, Chicago University.

Asters has consistently remained at the top of the Ukrainian legal market throughout its history being acknowledged as Ukraine Law Firm of the Year by Who's Who Legal (2018-2022), The Lawyer European Awards (2020-2021), Chambers Europe Awards 2020 and holds top positions in the most authoritative international market reviews: The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers.

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