Ghostface Goes On The Offensive Against Universal Over Royalties
Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah has gone on the offensive against Universal Music Group, in a new lawsuit over the rap groups royalties.
Ghostface Killah, born Dennis Coles, filed the lawsuit yesterday (August 10th) in New York State Court, claiming that Universal is collecting twice the amount it is supposed to in royalties.
Universal has claimed that they owned 50% of the Wu-Tang Clan songs, but according to a decision in February, Universal only owns a 25% stake and should only be collecting 12.5% of the income earned from the group's songs under the contract.
The lawsuit claims that Universal Music has collected twice the amount of royalties, and therefore owes Ghostface tens of thousands of dollars in royalties.
News of the lawsuit against Universal comes after Ghostface Killah himself was subject to a lawsuit by Jaques "Jack" Urbont, creator of 1966's "Iron Man Theme."
In that lawsuit, Urbont claims that Ghostface illegally sampled and used his trademarks for “Ironman,” and “Tony Starks," to enrich himself without paying royalties.