A federal judge tossed out an indie-music duo's claims in a copyright suit against Joel and Victoria Osteen, but ruled the band's claims against Osteen's Lakewood Church could move forward.
The American Dollar claimed Lakewood and the Osteens had continued to use the song "Signaling Through the Flames" in ads for its DVD Supernatural, even though the band had only given Lakewood limited rights for a year. The rights expired in February 2011; Lakewood officials said they did not know the rights had expired.
Both parties agreed to use British Columbia copyright law during the case, as that was provided in their licensing agreement. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison said the agreement "does not entitle [Lakewood] to perpetual Internet use of the Composition for post-expiration productions. … Therefore, Plaintiffs' claims against Lakewood for direct and contributory copyright infringement should not be dismissed."
However, Ellison threw out the claims against the Osteens ...1