The trickle is becoming a flood: artists of a certain vintage suing their record labels claiming they breached their contracts by classifying downloads as sales rather than licences. We reported on James Taylor’s lawsuit against Warner Bros Records earlier this month (Bulletin, 17-Sep-12), but now attention has flicked to Sony Music, which is facing legal action from Boz Scaggs and REO Speedwagon. It’s the same issue: artists angry that they received royalty rates of around 15% on digital sales rather than 50%. The new plaintiffs are being represented by the same lawyer as James Taylor.

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