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Ghostface (AP)
Ghostface Killah Sues UMG Over Royalties
Posted: August 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- Ghostface Killah, AKA Dennis Coles, has filed a lawsuit seeking to collect full royalties for his work with the seminal hip hop group Wu Tang Clan.

The suit, filed on August 10th against Universal Music Group, alleges that the label violated their contract by claiming a 50% stake in Wu Tang's songs, instead of a the 25% copyright stake that Coles asserts they are entitled to.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit stems from an 2005 lawsuit Coles brought against Wu Tang Productions and its leader, RZA, which was also over royalties. In the previous case, the court supported Coles in his assertion that WTP was not entitled to a 50% share of the copyright for providing the beats.

UMG initially acquired a stake in Wu Tang Clan's catalog when they purchased BMG Music in 2007, though the judge ruled that WTP did not transfer their full interest in Wu Tang's catalog to BMG. - CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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