Puddle of Mudd Copyright Case Will Proceed for Now

This case centers around the alternative-metal group Puddle of Mudd. Patrick Spurgeon filed this suit claiming that, in 1999, he and Puddle of Mudd front-man Wesley Scantlin co-authored 2 songs. In August 2001, Puddle of Mudd released an album with a song substantially similar to the disputed songs.

The lawsuit was styled as a declaratory action of co-ownership rather than one for copyright infringement. Spurgeon argued this imposed the 5-year statute of limitations rather than the standard 3-year period for copyright cases. The district court rejected this argument and held the 3-year limitations period would apply. The court denied the motion to dismiss but hinted that Puddle of Mudd will likely win this case at the summary judgment stage.