According to Billboard, Peter Frampton is suing A&M Records for unpaid royalties on digital versions of his recordings. The lawsuit includes breach of contract and unfair competition and is seeks compensatory damages.
Frampton’s complaint argues Universal should have paid 50 percent of net receipts, which is typical when music is licensed. But record labels tend to treat digital sales like physical sales, which have a much lower royalty rate.
According to a report in The Tennessean, Frampton’s suit was brought by Nashville attorney Richard Busch, a partner with King & Ballow. Busch was the attorney behind similar suits brought against major labels by Eminem and The Knack’s Bruce Gary. “The issues in these cases go beyond simply breach of contract,” Busch told the Tennessean. “The plaintiffs allege the wrongdoing here is a part of deliberate effort to deprive the parties of their royalties.”
Many lawsuits began to come up after Eminem won his suit.
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