Rap Label Sugar Hill Finds No Delight In Royalties Row

By Melissa Lipman (November 3, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday dismissed efforts by the producer and performers behind pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill Records to cancel a contract giving foreign rights for a number of master recordings to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled that Sylvia Robinson, who owned the label perhaps most famous for putting out seminal rap hit "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, and the other plaintiffs did not meet the requirements for rescinding a contract.

Under the Second Circuit standards, the plaintiffs would have to show that they had not been paid any of the royalties...

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