'Searching For Sugar Man' Copyright Brawl Hits Mich. Court

Law360, Los Angeles (May 02, 2014, 9:10 PM ET) -- Gomba Music Inc. on Friday filed a copyright and fraud suit against famed music executive Clarence Avant, alleging he fraudulently signed an exclusive Gomba artist to secretly produce a 1970 rock album that became an anti-apartheid anthem in South Africa, as detailed in the Academy Award-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man."

The allegations in Friday's lawsuit accuse Avant, who is often referred to as the Godfather of Black Music, of fraud and Copyright Act violations. Singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, while with Gomba, secretly signed with Avant under...
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