Chuck D Fights for royalties from UMG

    Chuck D wants his money!

    Chuck D, of former activist rap group Public Enemy, is demanding Universal Music Group to pay up. His claims put the Internet as the source of the problem, complaining that UMG underpaid him for royalties owed from heavy digital downloading.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chuck D is arguing the same issue that Eminem did recently against his record label—that royalties for individual songs online should be regarded as licenses instead of a sale. That means that instead of 12 percent of royalties, Chuck D would get 50 percent—which adds up to a lot of unpaid change to the veteran rapper.

    Chuck D and his lawyers are arguing that he’s lost hundreds of millions of dollars when it comes to sales of MP3s and ringtones. UMG doesn’t agree with him though and plan to fight back against the lawsuit.

    “This complaint suffers from serious flaws and weaknesses, not the least of which is that the claims asserted are not appropriate for class treatment,” a UMG rep said to THR.

    But Chuck D is in undoubtedly hopeful that his case will receive a similar outcome to Eminmem, with the courts favoring his claims and him walking out with assurance of more money. And this past Tuesday, Rob Zombie’s class action and the estate of Rick James were cleared for a go by a federal judge’s decision.

    Still UMG said, “We will vigoursly defend against it.”



    —Kylee Coney




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