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Sugarman Faces Lawsuit Over Old Contract

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If you read my original post on Searching For Sugarman, I encouraged you to view the movie. Since then, he has been doing quite well, and enjoying the success that eluded him for many years. Now, bad news for Sugarman as he will be facing a lawsuit according to an article in Diffuser.

It seems Gomba Music claims it had a deal with Sixto Rodriguez (Sugarman) before he signed a record deal with Interior Music, therefore Gomba feels the rights to the songs of Sugarmans album Cold Fact, belong to them and not Interior music.The bad part about this is Sugarman is now caught in the middle.

In my opinion, the record companies will go after each other, then turn on Sugarman to recoup their losses. In his defense, record companies have been known to promise an artist the rainbow and give them the rain since the fifties. I would suspect Sugarman trusted whoever offered him the original contract, and probably couldn’t afford a lawyer to examine the contract before he signed it.

Sadly, even though Sugarman could wind up the loser in this one, the silver lining goes to him in the end, because he knows what it’s like to live with little or no money…he did it for over forty years. I wish Sugarman good luck, he did nothing wrong on purpose, and I believe that with all my heart.

 

 

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the singer and songwriter is facing claims of breaching a songwriter deal made in the ’60s. A lawsuit filed by Gomba Music in Michigan states that prior to his signing with Interior Music (which was headed up by Clarence Avant, later chairman of the board at Motown), Rodriguez had already signed a deal with Gomba.

That company has sued Avant for “fraudulent concealment and tortuous interference,” and claim that Gomba is, in fact, the true owners of the songs found on ‘Cold Fact.’

In response, Interior Music has now filed suit against Rodriguez in Michigan court, claiming that upon signing the deal with Interior in 1970, the musician said that he owned all the rights to the songs, free and clear.

 

Read More: ‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez Facing Legal Action Over Ages-Old Contracts | http://diffuser.fm/sugar-man-rodriguez/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=referral&trackback=tsmclip

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the singer and songwriter is facing claims of breaching a songwriter deal made in the ’60s. A lawsuit filed by Gomba Music in Michigan states that prior to his signing with Interior Music (which was headed up by Clarence Avant, later chairman of the board at Motown), Rodriguez had already signed a deal with Gomba.

That company has sued Avant for “fraudulent concealment and tortuous interference,” and claim that Gomba is, in fact, the true owners of the songs found on ‘Cold Fact.’

In response, Interior Music has now filed suit against Rodriguez in Michigan court, claiming that upon signing the deal with Interior in 1970, the musician said that he owned all the rights to the songs, free and clear.

 

Read More: ‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez Facing Legal Action Over Ages-Old Contracts | http://diffuser.fm/sugar-man-rodriguez/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=referral&trackback=tsmclip

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the singer and songwriter is facing claims of breaching a songwriter deal made in the ’60s. A lawsuit filed by Gomba Music in Michigan states that prior to his signing with Interior Music (which was headed up by Clarence Avant, later chairman of the board at Motown), Rodriguez had already signed a deal with Gomba.

That company has sued Avant for “fraudulent concealment and tortuous interference,” and claim that Gomba is, in fact, the true owners of the songs found on ‘Cold Fact.’

In response, Interior Music has now filed suit against Rodriguez in Michigan court, claiming that upon signing the deal with Interior in 1970, the musician said that he owned all the rights to the songs, free and clear.

 

Read More: ‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez Facing Legal Action Over Ages-Old Contracts | http://diffuser.fm/sugar-man-rodriguez/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=referral&trackback=tsmclip

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