A Tallahassee, Fla., judge has ruled that funk legend George Clinton can't keep the rights to music he wrote in the late 1970s and early '80s. The work is worth more than $100 million in profits, the

A Tallahassee, Fla., judge has ruled that funk legend George Clinton can't keep the rights to music he wrote in the late 1970s and early '80s. The work is worth more than $100 million in profits, the singer says on his official Web site.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said yesterday (Jan. 29) that the music written from 1976-83 belonged to Bridgeport Music, a Michigan-based publishing company to which Clinton signed away the rights in a 1983 contract. Hinkle also barred Clinton from profiting from the songs, saying the singer failed to disclose them in a 1984 bankruptcy filing as possible future income.

The 60-year-old Clinton, who is a Tallahassee-area resident, argued that he never signed a valid contract. The lawsuit, filed in 1999, also claimed that he lost money from rap music artists using samples of his old songs but not paying fees.

Clinton declined comment as he left the courthouse, the Tallahassee Democrat reported in today's editions.

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