Lynyrd Skynyrd crash film can be re­leased

Taranaki Daily News - - World -

Sur­viv­ing mem­bers of Lynyrd Skynyrd can­not block the re­lease of a movie cre­ated with help from a for­mer drum­mer and de­picts the plane crash that killed the south­ern rock band’s lead singer, a US fed­eral ap­peals court has ruled. The 2nd US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in Man­hat­tan yes­ter­day over­turned a per­ma­nent in­junc­tion that had stopped Los An­ge­les­based Cleopa­tra Records Inc dis­tribut­ing Street Sur­vivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. he movie was par­tially based on the mem­o­ries of Ar­timus Pyle, one of 20 sur­vivors of the Oc­to­ber 20, 1977, crash of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tour­ing plane in Mis­sis­sippi. Lead singer Ron­nie Van Zant and five oth­ers died. The sur­viv­ing mem­bers had per­suaded US Dis­trict Judge Robert Sweet in Au­gust 2017 that the movie vi­o­lated a 1988 con­sent de­cree gov­ern­ing the use of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s name and his­tory.

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