Folk icon James Taylor has joined the long list of artists seeking royalties for digital sales of songs after filing a $2 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. Records executives.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member filed papers in Los Angeles on Thursday, claiming he has been underpaid for the sales of tracks and albums via iTunes and other digital download websites.
After a decade with the label, Taylor left in 1979, when he and record bosses signed a "termination and settlement agreement" that provided for continued payments.
The deal was amended a decade ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to allow Warner Bros. to release a greatest hits album.
The deal didn't allow for the onset of digital downloading, so Taylor is now asking for a bigger share of profits from songs his fans buy from digital or mobile outlets.
According to the lawsuit, Warner Bros. executives and Taylor entered into a 2010 tolling agreement to extend the statute of limitations on claims to this month. As the deadline passed, Taylor filed suit.
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warner bros. records sucks! i hope J.T. and the others get them in the end and good. even glen benton of deicide has admited to being ripped-off by earache and had to sue to get his money, now his band is on century media and doing just great these days. the more the record companies screw their artists the quicker they will fall flat on their faces for their financial hypocrisies, when other artists refuse to sign with them and find more fair and equal record labels whom treat their artists with 50%-50% respect! the best record labels are the independent/underground ones. metal blade being a prime example.
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