Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Universal Music Eminem Royalty Lawsuit
The United States Supreme Court has refused to consider Universal Music's appeal of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court ruling that said that F.B.T. Productions and Eminem were entitled to a 50 -5- split with UMG for tracks liscened to iTunes and other digital distributors. Barring new legal maneuvering, the payout and implications for both record labels and artists signed to pre-iTunes record deals are enormous.
Under an agreement with UMG, FBT was to receive royalties of 12 -2% on the adjusted retail price of all full records sold and 50 percent on licensed master recordings. Virtually all downloads are "sold" as licences rather than as a standard purchase.