'Love Machine' Songwriters Tell Jury EMI Owes Them $1.5M

Law360, Los Angeles (March 12, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT) -- Sound Oasis Productions LLC, a music publishing company representing the writers of The Miracles' hit “Love Machine,” told a California jury during opening statements Tuesday that EMI Music Publishing hasn't lived up to a co-publishing agreement and has improperly withheld $1.5 million in royalties on the song since 1999.

David N. Tarlow of Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, an attorney for Sound Oasis, told the jury in Los Angeles that EMI, which owns a half share of the “Love Machine” rights, had intentionally violated a 1999...
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