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EMI sued over 'Chipmunk' music royalties

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 07 Jan 2011 0:17 User comments (4)

EMI sued over 'Chipmunk' music royalties EMI has been sued this week by Bagdasarian Prods, the owner of the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' franchise, over royalties related to a boxset of Chipmunks music.
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. says EMI has not paid "appropriate royalties" on the 24 song boxset.

Bagdasarian, Sr. created the franchise in 1958 by speeding up his own recorded voice to a high pitch and releasing a number of chart-topping hits, like the Grammy-nominated "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)."

In the suit, Jr. is demanding monetary damages for breach of contract and copyright infringement, looking for a potential $3.6 million ($150,000 per track).

Last year, Jr. sued 20th Century Fox, looking to take half of all the profits for the animated "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Squeakquel." That film made over $400 million, globally. The suit is still pending.

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4 user comments

17.1.2011 3:45

So EMI doesn't pay for their music, yet they sue us for not paying for "theirs"... Hum...

27.1.2011 5:58

Go get m Ross, make the buggers pay.

37.1.2011 10:59
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Alvin Finally will get his respect! For years the Bagdasarians struggled to keep the franchise alive. If it weren't for loyal fans; It would have been over long ago! Universal did not honor a contract and was sued. Fox is being sued for the same thing. EMI thought they totally owned the songs; but didn't read the special clause. For the reproduction of recordings. Not for licencing of toys, or use in film or tv soundtracks. For years The Chipmunks were treated like jokes! Now the shoe is on the other foot. The Bagdasarians are having the last laugh!! All the way to the BANK!

428.1.2011 14:16

Where the hell was the RIAA Nazis when this was going on? Funny how this crap is selective...

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