Ap­peals court: Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be re­leased

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

NEW YORK >> A New York fed­eral ap­peals court says a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be re­leased de­spite a dis­pute over the band’s in­ten­tions.

The case in­volves a movie called “Street Sur­vivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.”

A lower court judge de­cided pre­vi­ously the film vi­o­lated a “blood oath” made by band­mem­bers not to ex­ploit the group’s name af­ter a 1977 plane crash that killed its lead singer and song­writer, Ron­nie Van Zant.

The 2nd U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals re­versed that de­ci­sion Wed­nes­day, let­ting the movie be dis­trib­uted.

A lawyer for the movie’s mak­ers called the rul­ing “a vic­tory for film­mak­ers, artists, jour­nal­ists, read­ers, view­ers and the mar­ket­place of ideas.”

The law­suit was brought by Van Zant’s widow and oth­ers, in­clud­ing found­ing band mem­ber Allen Collins.

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