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Class Action Lawsuits Filed in New York Against Sony and Universal

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:12 pm

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The legal action is based on the refusal of those two labels to ‘permit recording artists to terminate grants of copyright interests 35 years after the initial release’ of the artists’ albums.

The suits seek damages for copyright infringement and declaratory relief.

The suit against Sony was filed by David Johansen, a singer and songwriter best known as a member of the New York Dolls, who also performed as Buster Poindexter; John Lyon, known as Southside Johnny, a NJ recording artist considered to be the ‘Grandfather of the New Jersey Sound’; and Paul Collins, a power-pop artist who performed as Paul Collins’ Beat.

The suit against UMG was filed by John Waite (pictured), best known for his hit 1984 single Missing You, and his work with the band The Babys; and Joe Ely, an Austin-based singer-songwriter who has a long and acclaimed career spanning rock and country genres.

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