Artist Justin Blau (aka 3lau) has been one of the early movers in music NFTs, selling his own and founding startup Royal.
However, his famously-lucrative NFT sale in early 2021 has now sparked a lawsuit from one of the songwriters involved in the album that formed the basis for the project.
Luna Aura had a 50% share of the songwriting royalties for one of the tracks, ‘Walk Away’, but in a lawsuit filed in New York she claims that she was only offered a $25k flat-fee after the auction (which raised $11.7m overall) concluded.
“Despite the commercial and financial success of the NFT auction, defendants only offered Luna Aura an after-the-fact, one-time payment,” claimed her lawyers.
3lau’s manager Andrew Goldstone has responded publicly in a statement released to Billboard. “These claims are without merit, and we will vigorously defend the lawsuit that was just filed yesterday without any prior notice,” he said.