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JUDGE RULES LYNYRD SKYNYRD FILM CAN BE RELEASED

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released despite a dispute over the band’s intentions. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan stemmed from a case involving a movie called “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” A lower court judge decided previously the film violated a “blood oath” made by bandmembers not to exploit the group’s name after a 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, singer Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray. The film centers on drummer Artimus Pyle’s survival in the plane crash.

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