Legendary record producer Quincy Jones has been awarded $9.42 million in long-running dispute over royalties with the Michael Jackson estate.
Quincy Jones was awarded damages after a dispute with the Jackson estate. He was found to be underpaid in royalties for a film and two Cirque Do Soleil shows.
Jones was originally seeking $30 million when he first sued in 2013. It was alleged that he was unfairly cut out of deals after the death of Jackson to have his music feature in the Cirque Do Soleil shows and 2009 documentary.
Jones had claimed that the albums that were used in these works, Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad were doctored to prevent him from earning royalties under agreements that he signed with Jackson in 1978 and 1985.
The original contracts stipulated that Jones would have the first opportunity to perform any reedits or remixes of the original masters and that he be given producer credits.
This is the most recent in a long list of disputes over Jackson’s catalogue, which has been turned into a multi-million dollar business by his estate. It would be hard to suggest that it’s the last.
Via the Los Angeles Times.