Thursday, October 19, 2006

Yoko sues music giant over royalties

John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono is suing music company EMI Group and a subsidiary for more than £5 million.

The widow of the former Beatle has filed a lawsuit against EMI and Capitol Records, claiming she was cheated out of royalties due from the sale of his music.

The three-page lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, accuses the music company of breaking half a dozen agreements by "wilfully and knowingly underreporting royalties" by hiding the "true use and disposition of Lennon's recordings".

Yoko's complaint also accuses EMI and Capitol of "intentionally and systematically rendering dishonest and grossly deficient accounting statements".

EMI/Capitol spokeswoman Jeanne Meyer would not discuss the lawsuit specifically, but said: "Artists from time to time request audits of their royalty accounts. Sometimes there are differences of opinion, which is understandable given the complex nature of recording contracts."

Meyer said the contracts were sometimes subject to interpretation "but 99 times out of 100 these things are resolved in an amicable way".

Yoko's lawyer, John LiCalsi, refused to comment on the lawsuit.


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