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Tom Scholz loses suit against Boston Herald
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

By Geoff Edgers
Boston Globe

Tom Scholz, mastermind of the rock band Boston, has lost his defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and its longtime Inside Track writers Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa. The lawsuit centered on the question of what caused Brad Delp, Boston's lead singer, to commit suicide in 2007. On Wednesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge ­Frances A. McIntyre ruled that it is ultimately impossible to know what caused Delp to kill himself.

Her decision ends three years of testimony that laid bare not only the complicated final months of the singer of such hits as "More Than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," but also the bitter band member squabbles that had lingered decades after the dissolution of the most successful version of the group. Scholz continues to record as Boston with various other musicians.

"Mr. Scholz respectfully disagrees with the trial court's decision and analysis," said his attorney Nicholas Carter. "He has just ­received the decision and will ­decide shortly about an appeal."

Herald attorney Jeffrey Robbins, in praising the ruling, said, "This is a very good day for the Boston ­Herald, but it's also a very good day for journalists and for the public whose vital interests are served by journalists."

After Delp's death, the Herald published a series of articles by Fee and Raposa quoting Delp's former wife, Micki Delp, along with unnamed sources. One Herald headline read: "Pal's snub made Delp do it: Boston rocker's ex-wife speaks." Fee and Raposa reported that Micki Delp said the singer was "upset over the lingering bad feelings from the ugly breakup of the band Boston over 20 years ago" and "driven to ­despair" by recent changes in the band.

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Judge tosses Boston rocker's lawsuit against Herald
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

By: Herald Staff
Boston Herald

A Superior Court judge earlier today threw out Boston rocker Tom Scholz's defamation lawsuit against the Herald and two of its long-time columnists, Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa.

Scholz sued the Herald in 2010, claiming that articles published by the Herald's Inside Track columnists in March, 2007 implied that he was responsible for Boston lead singer Brad Delp's decision to take his life.

Scholz alleged that the Herald had "fabricated" the statements that it attributed to Brad Delp's former wife Micki about Delp's suicide. However, Micki Delp confirmed under oath that the Herald had quoted her accurately, and that it had also accurately summarized her opinions both when Delp took his life and now. The Judge rejected Scholz's claim that the Herald fabricated statements made by Micki, holding that Scholz "has no reasonable expectation of … proving that Micki Delp did not make the statements that she says she made, and stands by."

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Donald Thomas Scholz vs. Boston Herald, Inc., Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa [Memo]
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Please note that this is a rendering from a scanned document. As a result, there may be some inaccuracies in the character recognition, changes to formatting, or other errors. To see the originating document, click here (PDF format).



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
SUFFOLK, ss.
SUPERIOR COURT DEPARTMENT
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 10-1010

DONALD THOMAS SCHOLZ,
Plaintiff,

v.
BOSTON HERALD, INC., GAYLE FEE,
and LAURA RAPOSA
Defendants.


MEMORANDUM OF DECISION AND ORDER ON THE
DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

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Rock Band Boston Involved in Copyright Termination Fight
Thursday, March 21, 2013

By Eriq Gardner
The Hollywood Reporter

Rocker Tom Scholz attempts to reclaim rights to hits songs like "More than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," prompting a lawsuit from the band's former manager and publisher.

Over the years, insiders in the music industry have expressed more than a feeling that this would be the year where there would be court battles that might forever shape the business. That's because changes to copyright law that went into effect in 1978 dictated that authors of work could terminate copyright grants 35 years after publication. Many song artists have done the math and filed termination notices to reclaim their works.

Now comes the lawsuits.

The latest one involves the popular late-70s band, Boston, which exploded onto the rock scene in 1976 with an eponymous debut album that charted songs, "More than a Feeling," "Long Time" and "Peace of Mind." The band followed it up in 1978 with an album called Don't Look Back, whose title track became another big hit. But the band famously had incredible internal tension and fights with the record label and slowly faded from the limelight after selling more than 30 million albums.

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Paul Ahern vs. Tom Scholz (2013)
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Please note that this is a rendering from a scanned document. As a result, there may be some inaccuracies in the character recognition, changes to formatting, or other errors. To see the originating document, click here (PDF format). The original document has the addresses of the plaintiff and defendant, which have been redacted from the text below.

The suit also has attached the Notice of Termination sent by Tom Scholz. The text below does not include that as it is available as a separate document.



COMPLAINT 13 Civ. 1812


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

_____________________________
PAUL AHERN and NEXT DECADE
ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Plaintiffs,

-against-

DONALD THOMAS SCHOLZ,
Defendant.

_____________________________


Plaintiffs Paul Ahern and Next Decade Entertainment, Inc., by their attorneys, Eisenberg Tanchum & Levy, for their complaint allege as follows:

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Rock Band Boston Song Publisher Sues Over Copyrights
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

By Don Jeffrey
Bloomberg Businessweek

A publisher of hit songs by the 1970s rock band Boston, including "More Than a Feeling" and "Don't Look Back," sued the group's leader and songwriter, Tom Scholz, to prevent the termination of his copyrights.

Paul Ahern, the plaintiff, said that Scholz assigned copyrights to the songs he wrote in a 1975 agreement. He claimed that in January Scholz said he planned to terminate those rights, according to a filing today in federal court in New York.

The threat to end the copyrights "casts a pall on the assets of the compositions, diminishes their value and complicates the ability of plaintiffs Next Decade and Ahern to commercially exploit them," his lawyers said in the complaint.

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BOSTON to receive Legend Award
Monday, March 04, 2013

Limelight Magazine

Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that BOSTON will receive the Legend Award at this year's fifth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremony that will take place at the Rock Junction in Coventry, R.I., on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Founded in 1976 by guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer and engineer Tom Scholz and the late Brad Delp, BOSTON is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Their best known songs include "More Than A Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Foreplay/Long Time," "Rock and Roll Band," "Smokin'," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda," among others.

BOSTON has released five studio albums and one compilation album, selling over 31 million copies in the United States. Their self-titled debut album has sold over 17 million copies and is one of the biggest selling albums of all time. The band toured the United States last summer and is expected to release a new studio album in the near future.

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WW '13: Pihl shares his story of music with WHS
Thursday, January 31, 2013

By Ben Porter, Chris Connell and Connie Yoon
Wayland Student Press Network

Be honest. We all dream of rocking the stage in a sold out stadium. Unfortunately, most of us never perform in a venue more prestigious than the shower. Reaching the status of "famous rockstar" is a one-in-a-million chance, yet Gary Pihl has reached this legendary status as a member of the band Boston.

"My parents thought, 'he's not that good, he should do something else'," Pihl said.

Skeptical parents turned out to be a blessing for the young rocker. After being dragged to the local college, Pihl found he enjoyed the learning experience. Motivated to learn how to fix broken equipment, Pihl began taking eletronic classes. Pihl continued to sharpen his musical skills by practicing whenever possible and taking music classes. However, these classes focussed largely on classical music and were aimed at future music teachers, rather than future performers. College also offered Pihl the opportunity to perform at local clubs and bars.

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Notice of Termination by Tom Scholz to Paul Ahern
Friday, January 18, 2013

Please note that this is a rendering from a scanned document. As a result, there may be some inaccuracies in the character recognition, changes to formatting, or other errors. This document was attached to the copy of the lawsuit filed by Paul Ahern against Tom Scholz. To see the originating document, click here (PDF format).



NOTICE OF TERMINATION

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that, pursuant to Section 203 of the Copyright Act, the undersigned, Donald Thomas Scholz ("Scholz"), hereby provides notice of his termination of any and all rights transferred to any or all of P.C. Productions, Ahern Associates, Paul Ahern d/b/a Pure Songs, and Paul Ahern (collectively, "Pure Songs"), in and to the copyright in the musical works identified on the attached schedule of works (the "Schedule").

In connection with this Notice, Scholz offers the following information, required under 37 C.F.R. 201.10:

This termination is made under Section 203 of the Copyright Act.

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Boston Brings Memories to Solomons
Monday, August 20, 2012

By Mike Wilson
thebaynet.com

Thursday night, August 16, the Calvert Museum hosted the legendary classic rock band Boston with the local favorite "Sam Grow" the opening at their PNC Waterside Pavilion.

Boston entered the public consciousness with the release of their first album "Boston" on 8 August 1976. The album sold over 17 million copies and ranks as the best-selling debut album in U.S. history with such hits as "More than a feeling, Peace of Mind" and my personal favorite "Foreplay/Long time."

With MIT Masters graduate Tom Scholz, guiding the music and direction of the band and playing lead and rhythm guitar, Boston produced four more albums – "Don't Look Back", "Third Stage", "Walk On" and "Corporate America."

Boston's distinctive music can be attributed to Scholz's use of complex, multi-tracked electric and acoustic guitar harmonies and the extended vocal ranges of the original lead singer Brad Delp.

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