Sony Music is in a music row with Universal and a hit Latin pop sensation

Thousands of CDs and storage devices were seized after a raid on Sony Music Entertainment Mexico offices linked to a legal case with ranchera singer Alejandro Fernandez.

Sony Music officials said the recordings seized are "totally authorized" discs.  Furthermore, the company said "we trust that the Mexican courts will confirm our rights as soon as possible."  After a complaint from Fernandez's representatives accusing Sony of using the artist's music, videos and photos, the feds seized a total of 6,397 CDs from Sony offices.

Fernandez first signed with Sony in 1998, but finished with the record label in 2008, which led to him joining a new record label.  However, Fernandez recorded numerous songs that never made it onto released CDs -- Sony announced it was creating an album of Fernandez' previously recorded music, which Universal protested.

"What Sony did that was wrong and illegal was to assume that they could take those tracks that weren't part of the previous albums and release them as an eighth album as if it were new  material over which they had rights," said Jose Luis Caballero, one of Fernandez's attorneys.  "And it's perfectly clear that the company's contract is limited to seven albums."

Fernandez, who recently signed with Universal Music, has sold more than 15 million records en route to winning two Latin Grammys.

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