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Earache Records sues Century Media

Friday, March 28, 2014 10:00 AM PT


Courthouse News Service reports that British label Earache Records is suing The Century Family and their affiliate Century Media Records. The suit alleges that Century Media owes Earache $250,000 in licensing fees, in addition to breaking a pledge to release hundreds of albums in the Earache catalog.

As you may recall, Earache and Century Media originally announced their partnership little more than a year ago. Here's an excerpt of the Entertainment Law Digest report:

According to Earache, of the 356 albums it delivered to Century, including 10 new releases, the company has distributed only albums in the United States.

"Without each album being released in the U.S. during the term of the agreement, it is impossible for Earache Records to earn royalties in the U.S. market (in this case, for several years), and fulfill its obligations to its artists," the 17-page lawsuit states. (Parentheses in complaint.)

To duck two advance payments of $125,000, Century Family's lawyers sent the British label a letter that falsely accused it of breaching the licensing agreement, the complaint states. Earache calls that a "transparent pretext" for delaying payment.

As well as defaulting on the fees, Century Family allegedly used album artwork and set release dates without Earache's approval. The U.S. company failed to account for royalties in a timely manner, Earache adds.

Earache says Century Family is still marketing and selling Earache's records in the U.S. market.

[via Metalsucks]


9 comments


anonymous
3/28/2014 10:07:24 AM
Grammar much? And they only released "Albums"??? Did you leave out a number before that? lol

anonymous
3/28/2014 10:11:16 AM
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anonymous
3/28/2014 10:11:39 AM
Tony Brummel is shocked

anonymous
3/28/2014 10:16:30 AM
both labels have to be broke as balls, this is pointless.

anonymous
3/28/2014 10:30:44 AM
geez Alex, if you're gonna copy and paste news articles from more successful websites, then at least copy and paste the whole article...this is a grammatical nightmare. you lazy sage

anonymous
3/28/2014 11:12:44 AM
I think I like "sage" more than "ni66er"

anonymous
3/28/2014 12:23:48 PM
Pretty ironic seeing as Earache are total rip off merchants.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YEd66U31zw#t=90

anonymous
3/28/2014 1:39:08 PM
NO SUSI NO CARE, PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREATER BOSTON, TOM CRUISE OUT!!!!!

4/1/2014 7:48:40 AM
Seth Putnam's greasy corpse is stoked.