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Kingsmen sue Rhino over video

Members of the Kingsmen have sued Rhino Records in a dispute over release of a video that allegedly used without permission footage of the band singing “Louie Louie.”

The group, in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, also names Capital Cities/ABC Inc. as a defendant for allegedly granting rights to the footage from the TV series “Shindig” to Rhino even though the Kingsmen never gave up videocassette rights.

Rhino released the video in July of last year, the suit said, and a national TV ad for it, including approximately 45 seconds of the band performing, aired on ABC the next month.

The suit seeks at least $ 100,000 in general damages, $ 850,000 in punitive damages, and an injunction against use of the Kingsmen name or the video footage.

Jonathan Earp, attorney for Rhino, said the company had not yet been served with the complaint and declined comment.

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