Roger Miller widow wins suit
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
– The widow of Roger Miller won a long legal battle over the rights to some of his songs, including King of the Road.
A federal judge ruled last week that Mary Miller and Roger Miller Music, Inc. own the copyrights to the songs the singer published in 1964. Those songs also include Dang Me, Chug-A-Lug and You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd. U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes also ruled the plaintiffs were entitled to about $900,000 for royalties
Miller died from cancer in 1992 at 56. King of the Road was his biggest hit.
The Millers filed suit against Sony/ATV Publishing in 2004 claiming that the right of renewal of the original copyrights for songs from 1958-64 went to her. At Miller's death, copyrights expired after 28 years and had to be renewed.
A lower court had sided with Sony/ATV with Mary Miller appealing that decision.
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