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James estate super freaked over rights



Tbdjames032607_2 The estate of late funk singer Rick James is suing a music publishing company it claims collected money from licensing his songs without permission, the AP reports. The lawsuit, filed March 15 seeks unspecified damages, accusing California-based Brooklyn Music Publishing Group Inc. of collecting money from European music publishers and making new foreign deals without authority. Brooklyn had a long-term contract to oversee the publishing rights to some of James’ compositions, although not to his hit Super Freak. When James died in 2004, his trust decided not to renew the agreement, instead awarding the publishing rights to another company in January 2007. However, Brooklyn has “essentially refused to stop administering the compositions,” according to attorney Larry Iser, who filed the suit. Don’t tell Dave Chappelle. [Photo: AP]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:08am]


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