Styx Says UMG Label Sailed Away With Download Royalties

Law360, New York (February 25, 2013, 2:18 PM EST) -- Classic rock band Styx has joined the growing chorus of musicians who claim their record labels underpaid royalties for digital downloads, suing UMG Recordings Inc. label A&M Records in Los Angeles court Friday.

Like many other artists, the late-1970s rockers behind “Come Sail Away” and other chart-topping hits say that MP3s are actually licensed to online distributors like iTunes — rather than sold wholesale like traditional records — and therefore are subject to the heightened royalty rates generally applied to licensing deals in record contracts....
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