Disney Hit With Royalties Suit Over 'Jungle Book' Song

By Ciaran McEvoy (July 16, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT) -- The Walt Disney Co. was sued Monday in Texas state court by the children of the songwriter of "The Bare Necessities," the Oscar-nominated song from the film "The Jungle Book," alleging Disney breached a contract mandating it pay them royalties for their father's music.

In an 11-page complaint, the three children of folk singer and composer Terry Gilkyson claim that Disney sold millions of copies of "The Jungle Book" on videocassettes and DVDs, but didn't pay him or his family royalties for his song, which was prominently featured in the movie.

Gilkyson wrote "The Bare Necessities" for the 1967 film —...

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