Burbank Unified School District spends more than $400,000 to defend Choir Boosters and Carroll – No Recovery Of Fees Possible

At a time when the Burbank Unified School district is facing a $2,000,000 budget deficit according to this article in the LA Times http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-joint-board-meeting-20170826-story.html, the Judges in both the Federal Court Case  and the Arizona State Court Cases have ruled against the defendant’s request for having their legal fees paid.

This means that the school district spent more than $400,000 to defend the separate booster club (which is not a part of the school district), and the school teacher Brett Carroll, from claims of copyright infringement. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2XY0CVvgI_OWXhEQVctM0pfWlE/view?usp=sharing



Worse yet, the Federal Judge explained in his ruling to deny both Carroll and the Booster Club’s Motion for Fees:

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This means that the issues surrounding the infringement of the copyrights has not been settled.

It should be noted that Geoff Stradling, the new arranger for Burbank, was sued for copyright infringement for one arrangement in the case Beardog Vs. Stradling this year. Although we can not obtain confirmation, we understand that the arranger paid a five figure fee to the publisher to settle the case for one song.

More than anything, the district has shown that spending $400,000 to protect Brett Carrol, the separate non-district Booster Club, and their show choir program from paying licensing fees that are equivalent to about $250 per song arranged, is in their mind, sound fiscal management.


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