Weird Al Suing Sony For Royalties Over Downloads

Parody musician Weird Al Yankovic is suing Sony Music over royalties he says he is entitled to for downloads and ringtones.

Over his long career that started in 1976, Weird Al has re-written some of the most popular songs to come out by other artist with a comedic twist to it.

In the suit filed in New York U.S. District court on Friday, Weird Al claims a breach of contract as Sony has paid him less then what he deserves on all the downloads of his songs, and is looking for $5 million in compensation.

The plaintiff actually listed on the court documents is Yankovic’s company called, Ear Booker Enterprises. Ear Booker says that it first notified Sony in 2010 that its accounting was off with a March audit report claiming they were underpaid. Sony countered by saying that they actually overpaid them by some $80,000 plus dollars.

Court documents read that Sony “has incorrectly reported to Ear Booker the quantity of products sold, has incorrectly categorized those products, and has incorrectly paid Ear Booker for products for which it has accounted.”

Weird Al has recorded more than 150 parody and original songs and has earned three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Some of his songs include, ‘Eat It’, a parody of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’, ‘Smells Like Nirvana’, a parody of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, and ‘White and Nerdy’, a parody of ‘Ridin’ by rapper Chamillionaire.




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