Chuck D Suing UMG For $100 Million
Mon, 07 Nov 2011 09:57:46
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Universal Music Group is now facing a lawsuit that alleges the company is underpaying of royalties on digital downloads. The always-vocal Chuck D of Public Enemy stepped up to bring his own class action against the major record label!
The suit alleges that UMG counts the royalties owed to artists for digital downloads, such as MP3s and ringtones, as "sales" of physical records rather than "licenses."
"Chuck D has been 'fighting the power' for over two decades and will continue to do so through this suit in order to help all musicians, including many legacy artists who are living on fixed incomes," said James Pizzirusso, a partner at Hausfeld LLP involved in the case.
"This complaint suffers from serious flaws and weaknesses, not the least of which is that the claims asserted are not appropriate for class treatment," a UMG spokesperson told the publication. "We will vigorously defend against it."
Team Chuck D or Team UMG?