The trial involving Ruben Blades' lawsuit against his former record and publishing companies begins Monday in New York federal court.
MIAMI--The trial involving Ruben Blades' lawsuit against his former record and publishing companies begins Monday in New York federal court.
Blades says the companies failed to pay recording royalties and publishing royalties. He also accuses the companies of infringing copyrights in several musical compositions he owns.
The singer/songwriter/actor/producer initially filed the action in September 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, naming as defendants Fania Records, Vaya Records, Musica Latin Internacional, Vaya Publishing Co., Fania Publishing, Vev Plub and Sonido Inc.
The companies are or were part of the Latin music enterprise owned by the late Gerald Massuci, who recorded some of the biggest names in the genre. In the 1970s, Blades was signed to Fania Records, and released some of his most famous recordings through the label.
This isn't the first time Blades and his former companies have clashed. In 1984, Blades filed a similar complaint but reached a settlement with all parties the following year. Blades claims the defendants have not adhered to the court-ordered terms of the settlement. Blades' publishing has been administered by Sony/ATV since 2000.