Court wants hearings in dispute over gospel song

A long-running family dispute over a classic gospel song won’t just fly away.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered more hearings in the fight over who owns the rights and royalties to Albert Brumley Sr.’s classic “I’ll Fly Away.”

Three of Brumley’s children, four grandchildren and a daughter-in-law filed a lawsuit against one of Brumley’s sons, arguing that they should be able to get a share of the royalties from the song. They asked the court to terminate the copyrights to the song, which was being held by a company owned by son Robert Brumley.

Judge Boyce Martin wrote that a trial judge erred in excluding two articles quoting Brumley about where he worked when the song was written and ordered further proceedings in the case.

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