Poison Sues Capitol, EMI Over Royalties
June 20, 2008 at 2:12 PM (PT)
The members of the '80s glam rock band POISON has filed suit against EMI claiming that CAPITOL RECORDS has consistently underpaid them royalties throughout its career. The band is asking for retribution of a minimum of $25,000.
The lawsuit asserts that CAPITOL and EMI MUSIC MARKETING breached contracts by improperly categorizing certain record sales and miscalculating everything from producer royalties to foreign taxes. The group claims it tried to audit CAPITOL's records, but the label didn't totally cooperate. The band stated in its lawsuit that it cannot determine how much money it is owed and asked a judge to order Capitol Records to allow a full accounting review of the band's records.
Spokespeople for CAPITOL and EMI have yet to comment.
The lawsuit didn't go unnoticed by the NAB, which is currently engaged in a performance royalties battle against the label lobby. "The lawsuit from POISON exposes the blatant hypocrisy of the record labels' professing 'concern' for musical artists. From BO DIDDLEY to PRINCE to POISON, the record labels have shamefully abused and exploited musicians," NAB EVP/Media Relations DENNIS WHARTON said.