Producer Allegedly Poses As Major Label Exec, Steals From Aspiring Artists
July 17, 2009 at 11:40 AM (PT)
COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE is reporting that several angry artists have recently complained to the offices of UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP/NASHVILLE, wondering what has happened with the money they paid supposed "UMG executive" ROBERT METZGAR.
METZGAR claimed that he was a "MCA UNIVERSAL Producer" and had promised to help several unsigned acts jumpstart their careers if they paid him significant sums of money -- in some instances, as much as $100,000.
While the label group will not comment on the matter, they respond in the article, saying that METZGAR has been falsely advertising that he and his business, PLATINUM PLUS UNIVERSAL RECORDS, are affiliated with UMG.
UMG tells the DAVIDSON COUNTY CHANCERY COURT that it had no idea METZGAR was falsely claiming to be a UMG affiliate. The label group is demanding a restraining order, ownership of Internet domain names containing the word "universal" and damages for unfair competition and trademark violations.
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