Weird Al Wants $5M From Sony For Digital Royalties

Law360, New York (March 30, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT) -- Parody singer Weird Al Yankovic has joined a growing chorus of musicians who claim their record labels underpaid them for digital music royalties, hitting Sony Music Entertainment with a $5 million lawsuit on Friday.

Yankovic said Sony should have paid him a heightened 50 percent royalty rate for money earned on songs sold by online music distributors such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Instead, the label incorrectly counted the downloaded songs as normal records and paid him at the normal rate, according to his complaint.

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