Poison Sues Capitol For Underpaid Royalties
Members of the rock band Poison claim their record label has consistently underpaid royalties to the group throughout their career, according to a lawsuit.Members of the rock band Poison claim their record label has consistently underpaid royalties to the group throughout their career, according to a lawsuit.
The suit, filed Wednesday against Capitol Records and EMI Music Marketing, says the companies breached contracts with the band by improperly categorizing certain record sales and miscalculating everything from producer royalties to foreign taxes.
According to the lawsuit, the band signed a contract with Enigma Records in 1986, which later transferred control to Capitol Records. The group claims it tried to audit its records kept by Capitol, but the firm didn't fully cooperate.
Poison says iit cannot determine how much money it is owed and asked a judge to order Capitol Records to allow a full accounting review of the band's records.
Since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking point-of-sale data in 1991, Poison has sold more than 5.7 million albums.
A representative for Capitol and EMI did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
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