Survivor Members Sue Sony Music over Royalties
-- The founding members of Survivor, Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik, have filed a lawsuit against Sony Music, claiming they're owed royalties from digital downloads of their songs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two men argue that Sony has been treating digital downloads as sales, rather than licenses, thus cheating them out of money.
They say they're entitled to 50 percent of royalties from licenses. Royalties on sales are in the neighborhood of 15%.
The duo's lawsuit also alleges they haven't received any money from settlements related to file-sharing services such as Napster and Kazaa. It seeks compensatory damages, the amount of which is unspecified in the report.
Similar lawsuits involving artists such as Peter Frampton, Eminem, the Counting Crows and Rob Zombie have popped up in recent years.
Survivor's biggest hit was the 1982 song "Eye of the Tiger." The tune was featured in movie Rocky 3.
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