Marc Bolan's Son Fighting For Rights To His Father's Songs

07/22/2013
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(Classic Rock) The son of Marc Bolan has sued a music publisher for $2 million, claiming copyright violation. Rolan Feld has filed papers in Los Angeles against Westminster Music Limited, alleging the firm has been selling rights to Bolan's back catalogue without a contract since 1969.

Glam icon Bolan real name Marc Feld signed a limited-term deal with Westminster in 1968. His son says the contract was never renewed, but the company has operated as if it had been. As a result, he says, he's the sole owner of the songs in question, and he's owed compensation.

His argument is based on US law for songs written before 1978, which allows for copyright to be held for 28 years, followed by a renewal period lasting a further 67 years. If the songwriter dies during the first time period, rights for the second period automatically belong to his heir. more on this story

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