Sony Music, some musicianÂs dream to work with, has come under fire from three musicians who have accused them of stopping them reclaiming their copyright.
The musicians in question are David Johansen, John Lyon and Paul Collins but their claim is on behalf of Âhundreds of other musiciansÂ who claim that Sony have breached the US Copyright Act which allows authors of music a second chance to reclaim copyright from Âunwise grants made early on in their careersÂ, by refusing to give them ownership of music they recorded under contract for Sony.
The breached clause allows the reclaim of copyright 35 years after the publication of the recordings as long as a ÂNotice of TerminationÂ is issued.
The musicians claim Sony has refused to honour this on a number of occasions. Â Sony states that the refusal was on the basis that the works were Âworks made for hireÂ and therefore the provision did not apply.
It will be interesting to see how these musicians get on up against the power and resources of Sony and also which side budges first.