Sony BMG Hit With Broadened Complaint

Law360, New York (July 24, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Music industry giant Sony BMG has been hit with an amended complaint in a suit that challenges how the music industry assesses royalties for musicians who signed contracts before the dawn of digital downloads.

The new complaint broadens the original allegations against Sony. Initially, the lawsuit’s thrust was that Sony underpaid artists by treating digital downloads like physical sales when, in fact, the artists should receive a 50% licensing fee. The amended complaint alleges that artists are getting short shrift on mobile phone ringtones as well...
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