Ray Charles' Kids Sued Over Bid For Song Rights

Law360, New York (April 2, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT) -- The Ray Charles Foundation sued seven of the late soul musician’s children in California federal court on Thursday, accusing them of attempting to unlawfully acquire Charles' copyrights in violation of arrangements he made prior to his death.

The suit claims that despite the agreements Charles’ children signed forfeiting their financial rights to Charles’ musical legacy in exchange for $500,000 trusts, the adult children are now seeking to reclaim copyrights on Charles’ early work.

“The self-serving attempts on the part of the defendants to deprive the foundation...
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