'Lady Marmalade' Writer Looks To Revoke Sony's Copyrights

Law360 (April 12, 2019, 10:07 PM EDT) -- A songwriter behind hits including Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" and Frankie Valli's "My Eyes Adored You" slapped Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC and several other music publishers with a $20 million suit over unpaid royalties and alleged breach of contract.

Sony/ATV, which is owned by Sony Entertainment Inc., along with Stone Diamond Music Corp. and subsidiaries of Universal Music Group-owned EMI Music Publishing Ltd., have breached decades-old contracts and infringed copyrights owned by writer Kenny Nolan, according to a 20-page complaint filed in California federal court Thursday.

Nolan said he's owed publishing income from more than 100 of his songs, and he's...

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