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MUSICAL YOUTH lose Pass The Dutchie legal battle

The ex-members of British reggae band MUSICAL YOUTH have lost a legal battle with their former lawyers over the copyright of hit single “Pass The Dutchie”.

The Midlands-based band claimed that solicitors gave them bad advice about the royalty money they might make from the 1982 song, which was an adaptation of “Pass The Kouchie” by THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS.

However, according to The Guardian newspaper, a high court judge ruled in favour of partners in the law firm Woolf Seddon, which no longer exists, and said a claim by Dennis Seaton, Michael Grant, Kelvin Grant, Frederick Waite Junior – aka Junior Waite – and a representative of the estate of the late Patrick Waite had no merit.

The band argued that “Pass The Dutchie” was a sufficiently original work to attract “distinct copyright” even though it was an arrangement of “Pass The Kouchie”. They claimed that the law firm was in breach of duties because lawyers failed to protect that distinct copyright by agreeing to a division of publishing royalties on the basis that the two songs were subject to the same copyright.

“Pass The Dutchie” was released in September 1982 and became the fastest-selling British single of that year, selling more than 100,000 copies in one day. The ex-members started legal proceedings back in 2004.

Dennis Seaton and Michael Grant have since reformed the band and are set to release a new album later this year.

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