Eagles Album Prompts $10 Million Songwriters Suit
Songwriters Jackson Browne, Jack Tempchin, and J.D. Souther have sued Warner Chappell Music Inc. for more than $10 million, claiming they were underpaid for their contributions to one of the Eagles' mSongwriters Jackson Browne, Jack Tempchin, and J.D. Souther have sued Warner Chappell Music Inc. for more than $10 million, claiming they were underpaid for their contributions to one of the Eagles' most popular albums.
"It is with deep regret that we file this lawsuit but are left with no alternative," said Donald Miller, Browne's manager and the plaintiffs' spokesman. "All of our efforts to amicably resolve the matter have been ignored."
According to the lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles, the songwriters were supposed to be paid a fluctuating royalty rate that is currently at 7.5 cents per song for their contributions to "Eagles - Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1974." Instead, they have been paid only about 2.5 cents per song since 1975 for the hits "Already Gone," "Best of My Love," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," and "Take it Easy," according to the suit, which cites an audit performed in 2000.
The album, meanwhile, has sold 26 million copies, according to the lawsuit, which seeks $10 million in back royalties plus punitive damages.
Tempchin wrote "Peaceful Easy Feeling," and co-wrote "Already Gone." Souther co-wrote "Best of My Love" and Browne co-wrote "Take It Easy." The co-writers on the songs were Eagles members Don Henley and Glen Frey, who were not included in the lawsuit.
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