"Weird Al" Files Suit Against Sony
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 11:30:43
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Weird Al Yankovic wants to get paid just like the rest of us. The master parodist and his company, Ear Booker Enterprises, have filed a federal lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment for $5 million over unpaid royalties. That's a lot of paper.
The suit alleges that Sony Music is paying Yankovic a flat royalty fee for download sales instead of the 50 percent of revenues that he is owed, and that the label has not shared any money it received from settlements against file sharing sites like Napster, Kazaa and Grokster. Ut oh. That's a no-no.
According to Billboard.com, the lawsuit also claims that Sony Music received an equity stake in YouTube in exchange for providing the site with music video content, and at the time, Yankovic's "White & Nerdy" video was among the most popular content on the site. The suit states that "a portion of Sony's equity share in YouTube is directly apportionable and allocable to 'White & Nerdy,'" as well as other content created by Yankovic. So in essence, he is owed a bucket of money for his creative offerings.
What a mess!
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