Posted: Sep 3, 2010 9:19 PM by Alison Haynes
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has found Eminem's
former production company is entitled to more money from downloads
of the rapper's songs and ringtones.
A federal jury last year had ruled against F.B.T. Productions
LLC in its lawsuit against Universal Music Group seeking a greater
share of revenue from downloads made between 2003 and 2008.
But the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found Friday that
F.B.T.'s contract entitled Eminem and his producers to a 50-50
split with Universal for recordings licensed to digital
distributors such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes.
The record label had paid F.B.T. and Eminem 12 percent of sales,
the agreed-utts rate for physical albums.
F.B.T. discovered Eminem in 1995 before he signed in 1998 with
Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records. Universal's Interscope Records
distributes Aftermath recordings.