Labels Sued Over Royalties For Gay Rights Anthem

Law360, New York (October 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT) -- The co-author of the gay rights-themed disco hit “I Was Born This Way” slapped three music labels with a breach of contract suit Thursday in New York state court, alleging he has not been paid proper royalties.

Christopher Spierer, who co-wrote the song with Burnetta “Bunny” Jones in the mid-1970s, asserts that Payback Industries Inc., Verse Music Group LLC and Bug Music Inc. have not paid him royalties due under a 1975 deal concerning the rights to the song, despite having made money from licensing the...
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