Lynyrd Skynyrd crash film can be released
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.