Lawsuit Filed Against Capitol Records

Dec 27, 2011 - LegalZoom News Source
Capitol Records is being sued for not paying residual costs.

Capitol Records is at the center of a lawsuit filed by the sister of the deceased drummer of the group The Knack, Bruce Gary.

Felice Catena filed the lawsuit recently in L.A. County Superior Court, alleging that Capitol Records has withheld digital download money from the family of Gary.

Catena inherited the rights to Gary's music after he passed in 2006 and is now looking for residuals from hits the band produced, such as "My Sharona" and "Good Girls Don't." Capitol Records paid Catena a small fraction of what she's owed on download proceeds from the songs, but the record company is under contract to pay Catena 50 percent of all profits from sales of the band's music downloaded through iTunes, eMusic and Amazon, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, which Catena is hoping to receive based on a lawsuit rapper Eminem successfully waged against his record label, accusing it of not issuing residuals from digital distribution.

The Knack's debut album, "Get the Knack" sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.