Rick James' Trust Freaks Out Over UMG Royalties

Law360, New York (April 4, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT) -- The estate of late funk artist Rick James hit UMG Recordings Inc. with a putative class action on Friday in California, accusing the label of trying to cheat musicians out of tens of millions of dollars in annual royalties from digital music sales.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims UMG is trying to avoid paying recording artists and producers the full royalties they are contractually owed for the company's licenses with Apple Inc.'s iTunes music store and...
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