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Weird Al’s Lawsuit Against Sony Shows How Even The Famous Can Get Ripped Off

This April, parody song genius Weird Al Yankovic and his company Ear Booker Enterprises sued Sony Music Group for failure to pay royalties on Weird Al’s songs that were digitally downloaded. Sony had been treating the downloads as “sales” rather than as “licenses” meaning that the performer gets a smaller share of the download price. […]