KC and the Sunshine Band perform during the Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2013 festival in Trelawny, January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

KC & the Sunshine Band co-founder sues EMI over copyrights

(Reuters) – Richard Finch, co-founder and bassist of traditional disco-funk group, KC & the Sunshine Band, sued Sony Music-owned EMI Longitude Music in Los Angeles federal court docket on Friday, searching for a declaration that he can get better a share of copyrights in the band’s music.

Finch sued over the composition rights to just about 100 songs he co-wrote for the band, together with hits like “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” and “Get Down Tonight.” He introduced the swimsuit underneath a part of the Copyright Act that permits authors to terminate copyright grants after 35 years.

The legislation was meant to deal with authors’ unequal bargaining energy with bigger copyright homeowners.

Finch assigned his rights to co-founder and singer Harry Wayne Casey in 1983, and the criticism mentioned he is obtained “nothing from the United States exploitation of this large catalogue of world-famous and celebrated ‘disco’ hits” since.

“This situation is exactly the situation that’s contemplated” by the termination provision, Finch’s lawyer Evan Cohen of Cohen Music Regulation mentioned in an interview.

The termination proper has additionally come up in a number of different latest disputes, together with Marvel’s lawsuits towards a bunch of comedian e book artists who wish to reclaim rights to superheroes they co-created, and a battle between Disney and the writers of the screenplay for “Predator”.

Bridget Hirsch of Byrnes Hirsch additionally represents Finch. Cohen and Hirsch are representing the Scottish rock band The Jesus & Mary Chain in the same dispute with Warner Music.

Sony Music did not instantly reply to a request for touch upon Finch’s lawsuit.

The criticism mentioned Finch and Casey co-founded KC & the Sunshine Band in 1973, co-writing its songs till 1979. In accordance with the criticism, Finch later left the band and assigned his copyrights and author’s royalty pursuits in the compositions to Casey in 1983, in what the criticism referred to as an “unwise transaction.”

Finch mentioned the copyrights ended up with Sony Music’s EMI, and that he served the firm with a discover of termination in 2019. The criticism says the termination turned efficient on Oct. 1, and EMI has been exploiting the songs with out his permission since.

Finch requested the court docket to declare that the termination was efficient and that he owns 50% of the compositions. He additionally requested an accounting of the cash he mentioned EMI owes him.

The case is Finch v. EMI Consortium Songs Inc d/b/a EMI Longitude Music, U.S. District Courtroom for the Central District of California, No. 2:21-cv-08032.

For Finch: Evan Cohen of Cohen Music Regulation and Bridget Hirsch of Byrnes Hirsch

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