YES! FIGHT THE POWER!
Kesha filed paperwork on Monday to have a New York appellate court weigh in on her dispute with producer Dr. Luke, because New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Sebert to record outside of Dr. Luke’s purview. Turns out, that’s not a good enough answer for the musician.
Mark Geragos, Sebert’s attorney, wants another opinion. and according to The Hollywood Reporter, thinks that Kesha’s contract is akin to slavery:
“Plaintiff seeks reversal of the Order on the following grounds,” state her latest court papers. “First, the Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald. Although it recognized that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘[y]ou can’t force someone to work … in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the Court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that.”
Dr. Luke’s legal team thinks Kesha wants money, and have been pursuing its own claims against her for breach of contract. Sony Music, on the other hand, wants to allow Sebert to record without Dr. Luke’s involvement. Geragos considered this to be an “illusory promise.” He doesn’t understand why the balance of equities favors the other side:
“The Court did not explain, nor could it, why any potential harm to SME could not adequately be compensated by money damages if it were to prevail in the litigation,” he writes in his pre-argument statement. “Indeed, SME, Gottwald, and all the related entities are each free to make music (and money) with other young talent. In the event they prevail in the litigation, they can recover money damages from Kesha for her breach of contract.”
This is going to get even more confusing and heated. But I think we’re all going to learn the importance of persistence and empowerment from it. DANG.