MUSIC NEWS - Singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter Frampton has joined the growing list of performers filing lawsuits over digital music royalites. Mr Frampton has filed a suit against his longtime record label, Universal Music Group for a half-million dollars in unpaid digital royalties and for unspecified damages. Frampton's attorneys filed the suit on Friday, December 23 in a Los Angeles federal court.
The day before, on Thursday, the sister (and heir) to Bruce Gary, the drummer for The Knack, the rockers you know for their 1979 hit “My Sharona,” filed a similar suit against Capitol Records claiming the label withheld digital music royalties.
The common bond in these suit?? --- Nashville, TN attorney Richard Busch, a partner with King & Ballow. “The issues in these cases go beyond simply breach of contract,” Busch said recently. “The plaintiffs allege the wrongdoing here is a part of deliberate effort to deprive the parties of their royalties.”
Busch said he's also evaluating claims by other artists with similar situations, so you may see additional legal papers filed in the near future. So if you're an aging rocker that signed a record contract before the internet was invented, you might want to consult an attorney. And don't forget our finders fee!!