Daddy Yankee has sued Universal Music for $10 million over alleged copyright infringement and unjust enrichment, stemming from what the reggaeton star says is the company's unauthorized exploitation of his albums.
The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Puerto Rico, seeks $10 million in damages. Yankee, his publishing company Los Cangris and his label El Cartel Records allege that Universal Music Group Recordings and Universal Music Distribution continued to sell "Barrio Fino" and other El Cartel works after the parties' license agreement had expired in January of this year.
"The parties agreed upon a six month selloff period of the products in the distribution agreement," according to the suit. "One day later, defendants retracted from the aforementioned agreement claiming that the License Agreement and the Distribution Agreement expire on March 31, 2013."
Universal Music Group could not be reached for comment at press time.