Bob Dylan and Universal Music Group sued $ 7.25 million by widow of Desire co-writer Jacques Levy … after Dylan sold his music catalog for $ 300 million
Bob Dylan and Universal Music Group are being sued for $ 7.25 million.
The 79-year-old legend sold the rights to his entire song catalog – including songs from his 60-year career – to the label in December for more than $ 300 million.
But Claudia Levy, wife of the late Jacques Levy, claims her husband’s estate did not receive money from the deal and is now suing Dylan and Universal.
Taking him to court: Bob Dylan (above 2012) and Universal Music Group are sued by the widow of songwriter Jacques Levy, who collaborated with the Like A Rolling Stone artist on his 1976 album Desire
Levy – who died in 2004 – co-wrote seven of the nine songs on Dylan’s 1976 album Desire, and Claudia insisted that he claimed to the Manhattan Supreme Court that his estate owes “ 35% of all income from the compositions’. including ‘35% of the purchase price paid to the Dylan suspects. ‘
The suit highlighted the fact that Desire topped the Billboard Pop Album chart for five weeks and that the double platinum-selling record was ranked 174th on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Levy’s company and his wife asked for their “ rightful share ” of the sale to UMG about a week after it closed last month, but hitmaker Like a Rolling Stone and his companies have refused to pay out, the court documents allege.
Co-writer: Levy – who died in 2004 – co-wrote seven of the nine songs on Dylan’s 1976 album Desire
And the court papers claimed the refusal followed the pattern of Dylan not giving Levy credit for songwriting over the years, including in 2019’s Martin Scorsese movie Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story.
The indictment read, “ The Dylan defendants are engaged in a civil misguided pattern and history of willfully and maliciously disregarding and disregarding the plaintiff’s rights, including those to income and any income generated by the compositions, including the subject of buy -out of the catalog sale. ‘
And Claudia’s attorney, Richard Golub, told the New York Post, “There’s a great creative history between Jacques and Bob.”
I Don’t Have It: A lawyer acting on behalf of the Blowin ‘in the Wind singer (above in 1978) insisted that no money was owed to the estate, calling the lawsuit “ a sad attempt to falsely take advantage of the recent catalog sale ‘
A lawyer acting on behalf of the Blowin ‘in the Wind singer insisted that no money was owed on the estate.
Orin Snyder said in a statement, “This lawsuit is a sad attempt to falsely profit from recent catalog sales. The plaintiffs have been given everything they owe.
‘We are confident that we will be victorious. And if we do, we will hold the plaintiffs and their counsel accountable for bringing this meritorious case. ‘
A Universal Music Group spokesperson declined to comment.