Doobie Brothers frontman Michael McDonald has become the latest artist to file a lawsuit against his record label over royalties, Billboard reports.
McDonald's lawyer has filed a lawsuit on his behalf in the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee in Nashville, claiming that Warner Music Group has been paying him standard royalties for downloads rather than 50 percent of net receipts, after a recent victory on behalf of Eminem set a legal precedent that downloads count as licensed sales. Most major label contracts signed prior to the mid-90's entitle artists to 50 percent of revenue generated from licensed sales.
The filing on behalf of McDonald alleges that the singer is owed at least $500,000 in damages from lost royalties. McDonald joins an ever-growing list of artists filing similar lawsuits, including Kenny Rogers, Peter Frampton and Chuck D of Public Enemy.
by RTT Staff Writer
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