Dr. Dre Sues Former Label
Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:48:41
We commend Dr. Dre for his boldness in filing a lawsuit in bankruptcy court against the label named Death Row Records. Based on the ominous name, we probably wouldn't have the guts. The producer/rapper is claiming that he owns the rights to his 1992 West Coast rap classic The Chronic, and alleges that the label owes him back-payment in royalties.
The lawsuit further asserts that in March 1996, Dre and the label signed an agreement that he would willingly hand over the rights to the album, just as long as the label continued to send him royalties. You probably know where this is going. Because of Death Row's withholding of payment, Dre wants the rights back to his album. Now, here's where the plot thickens. Not too long ago, Death Row filed Chapter 11 and Dre believes that the suffering corporation is selling the copyrights to the highest bidder to recoup some funds.
Too bad Dre went to med school instead of law school. Dre Esq. would have come in handy right about now.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff