Why Are The Lumineers Being Sued?
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:54:30
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The Lumineers are being sued? Why? Well, former member Jason Van Dyke filed suit in New Jersey federal court last month, claiming he joined forces with founding members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites in 2008 and participated in writing, recording and performing under the auspices that he would become an equal partner and have co-authorship on their tracks.
Well, things did not go down that way, according to his version of events.
Schultz and Fraites eventually relocated to Denver, Colorado, with Van Dyke saying that he continued to contribute to the music and would join them onstage when they played the East Coast.
JVD claims he has been denied copyright and trademark credits on nine of The Lumineers' songs. He has essentially been phased out of the group.
He is seeking a declaration of co-authorship on the songs in question in order to be eligible for royalties. Van Dyke is also suing for breach of contract and fiduciary duties, conversion and misappropriation of partnership assets and unjust enrichment.
What. A. Mess.
What do you think of this mess?