After Being Denied, Artimus Pyle's SKYNYRD Film Wins On Appeal

Appeals Court overturns previous injunction banning his 'Plane Crash' film

October 11, 2018

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A federal appeals court in New York has ruled against Gary Rossington and the estates of members of LYNYRD SKYNYRD, which will now permit the release of the Cleoptra Films movie, 'Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.' Last August, the film, based on former Skynyrd member Artimus Pyle's recollections of the band's tragic 1977 plane crash was originally ruled in violation of a 1988 agreement.  That agreement prohibited any member of Lynyrd Skynyrd from participating in any venture that would conceivably exploit the tragic history of the band. As reported in Rolling Stone Magazine, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has unanimously overturned the lower court's decision from last year, citing that based on the wording of the pact, Pyle couldn't be prevented from retelling the crash from his own perspective. The Court of Appeals noted, “That crash is part of the 'history' of the band, but it is also an ‘experience’ of Pyle with the band, likely his most important experience.” “Provisions of a consent decree that both prohibit a movie about such a history and also permit a movie about such an experience are sufficiently inconsistent, or at least insufficiently specific, to support an injunction.”  Another Skynyrd documentary, 'If I Leave Here Tomorrow,' was released earlier this year on the Showtime network, and the 'Street Survivors' film, with the new court ruling in it's favor will now almost certainly be released in the near future.