Ray Charles' Children Win Court Battle

01/31/2013
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Ray Charles' children have won a court battle over the ownership of the copyright of approximately 60 songs from the late singer.

Charles children filed the case against the Ray Charles Foundation. Noise11.com reports that Charles had agreed to leave his works to the foundation to fund their charity activities and left his ten children $500,000 each provided they make no claims against the foundation.

Seven of the ten children did not abide by that and instead used copyright laws to give notice to Warner/Chappell Music that they would be terminating the longstanding agreement with the company in 2010, according to the report which meant the foundation would no longer receive money from the copyright.

They report that U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins found in favor of Charles' children, writing "The Foundation is not a grantee of the rights to be terminated or its successor. Congress did not even require the statutory heirs provide it with statutory notice of the termination, let alone give it a seat at the table during the termination process." Read the report for more details.

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