The plaintiffs Angel Martinez Alicea ("Martinez"), Freddy Montalvo, Raul Rivera Roldan ("Rivera"), and Reynaldo Colon Vega ("Colon") are Massachusetts-based producers of "reggaeton" music, a musical genre originating in Puerto Rico and boasting such diverse origins as reggae, hip hop, salsa, and meringue. This lawsuit concerns seven songs ultimately released on an album distributed by the defendants, allegedly infringing upon the plaintiffs' copyrights and breaching contracts to which the plaintiffs claim to be parties and/or third-party beneficiaries.
The events underlying this case date back to 2006, when Francisco Saldana, a Puerto Rico-based reggaeton producer who with Victor Cabrera founded a record label named "Mas Flow," began looking for a new vocalist. After posting an online advertisement, Saldana soon received numerous emails and recordings from Gerry Capo Hernandez ("Capo"), a reggaeton performer then residing in Springfield, Massachusetts. Saldana invited Capo to his recording studio in Puerto Rico, where Capo soon became part of a new reggaeton group known as "Erre XI." In May 2007, Saldana reached out to Angel Martinez Alicea, Freddy Montalvo, and Etienne Gagnon, three reggaeton producers from Springfield who had worked with Capo in the past, and invited them to his studio to produce two songs for Erre XI. Upon hearing the two songs, Saldana pronounced Martinez and Montalvo his "new stars." Martinez and Montalvo subsequently signed producer agreements with Mas Flow entitling them to royalty payments for the songs they produced.
Judge(s): Jeffrey R. Howard
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Related Categories: Contracts , Entertainment
|Circuit Court Judge(s)|
|Trial Court Judge(s)|
|Appellant Lawyer(s)||Appellant Law Firm(s)|
|David Mech||Law Offices of David A. Mech|
|Appellee Lawyer(s)||Appellee Law Firm(s)|
|Linda Burrow||Caldwell Leslie & Proctor PC|
|Alison Mackenzie||Caldwell Leslie & Proctor PC|
|Daniel Cloherty||Collora LLP|