New Castle News
September 23, 1991
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals has upheld a $400,000 award granted Bette Midler after the singer sued an advertising agency that used a â€œ soundalikeâ€ singer for a television commercial.
â€œ Weâ€™re very pleased that the Court of Appeals has upheld the property rights which performers have in their voices,â€ Peter Laird, Midlerâ€™s attorney, said Friday.
A federal jury in Los Angeles found in 1988 that Young & Rubicam violated Midlerâ€™s exclusive right to her vocal style by having another singer, Ula Hedwig, mimic Midlerâ€™s version of the song â€œ Do You Wanna Dance?â€