Steiner v. ABC

Blecher Collins & Pepperman represented a class of music composers and owners of sound recordings against ABC. The plaintiffs alleged that the ABC television network included musical compositions and sound recordings in episodes of soap operas (General Hospital, All My Children, and One Life to Live) without obtaining proper licenses in violation of copyright law. After an initial settlement prompted the intervention of the major record companies and publishers, the case ultimately settled, and received court approval, for $65 million and payments were distributed to the individual copyright owners.