Kenny Rogers sues Capitol Records
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
– Kenny Rogers sued his former record label Capitol on Monday in federal court in Nashville, over royalty issues, involving digital downloads, ringtones and other uses of his songs.
He said he is owed 50 percent of net royalties for the licensing of his master recordings to third parties like iTunes. "The actions of Capitol Records was part of an ongoing and deliberate attempt by record labels to deprive artists, like Kenny Rogers, in California, and elsewhere of their rightful royalties for music downloads, ringtones, and mastertones," according to the lawsuit.
The suit said Rogers started auditing the label's books five years ago and negotiated for about three years before suing. Rogers said Capitol owes him at least $400,000.
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