Dollywood Sued for Copyright Violations in Christmas Show

The copyright owners of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" theme song recently sued Dollywood for copyright violations, claiming the park has illegally used the song in live Christmas shows for more than a decade. According to Los Angeles-based Lee Mendelson Film Productions, no one from Dollywood secured permission to perform the song, even after warnings from the firm’s attorneys last year. The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $150,000 for each performance of the song plus attorneys’ fees. Knoxnews reports that the show, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” has been running since 2007. Dollywood denied using the song in last year’s performance according to court records.

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