Capitol Must Face Ricky Nelson Suit Over Digital Royalties

Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT) -- In a case that an attorney said could affect any musician whose recording contract predates the digital era, a California judge indicated Thursday that she will allow the estate of singer and actor Ricky Nelson to pursue a case against Capitol Records over the amount of royalties due from digital downloads of his songs.

The estate sued Capitol in October, alleging it breached Nelson's 1958 contract by underpaying royalties for music he recorded. The suit includes a claim for declaratory relief on the issue of whether...
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