Law360, New York (September 30, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT) -- Capitol Records LLC and EMI Music Inc. on Wednesday accused former David Bowie manager Anthony Defries in New York federal court of distributing the rock star's copyrighted tracks despite signing contracts that handed over his rights to the songs years ago.
The complaint claims that Defries and his company, MainMan Ltd., along with Independent Online Distributors Alliance Inc., sold copies of songs recorded by Bowie, Iggy Pop and John Mellencamp through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Napster even though the copyrights to the tracks belong to Capitol Records, EMI and Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co. LLC.
While Defries and MainMan had certain rights to...
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