'Weird Al' The Latest To Sue For Royalty Underpayments
April 2, 2012 at 3:13 AM (PT)
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC filed suit late last week against SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, claiming the label deliberately underpaid him more than $5 million. THE TENNESSEAN reports the suit, "is the latest in a growing list of looming court battles between artists and the nation's major record labels over accounting and payment practices for music sold and streamed online. Since DECEMBER, country singer KENNY ROGERS, rocker PETER FRAMPTON, members of the ’80s rock band TOTO and an heir to the drummer for the '70s rock band THE KNACK -- known for the hit 'My Sharona' -- have all filed suit on similar grounds."
NASHVILLE attorney RICHARD BUSCH represents all the artists currently suing, as he did for producers for EMINEM, who successfully sued UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP last year on similar grounds.
The breach-of-contract suit filed by YANKOVIC claims more than $5 million in alleged underpayments by SONY for online music sales since 2003.