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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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By Salisme on 9/7/2009 11:04:18 AM , Rating: 5
Uh oh for Sony... Since we all know a singe track is worth $250,000, plugging away at my trusty calculator here... Lets see, on average 8 tracks per CD, 6397 CDs....that is 51176 songs at $250000 a piece which brings the damages up to $12,794,000,000.


RE: Whoa
By StevoLincolnite on 9/7/09, Rating: -1
RE: Whoa
By MatthiasF on 9/7/2009 12:59:50 PM , Rating: 2
The point of the lawsuit is that the entire 8th album is illegal. It's not that Sony's possession of his recording material is illegal, it's them trying to make another album when they've already made the entire 7 agreed under contract.

If they tried to distribute the recorded material in any other way without contract, they would probably be in worse trouble than the typical music pirate.

RE: Whoa
By FaaR on 9/7/2009 2:44:30 PM , Rating: 5
US$ ~12.8BN, isn't that roughly the total cost of the Apollo space program?

Why not seize their company assets, then take all of those greedy sons of you-know-what record industry tycoons, put them in a capsule and launch em on a no-return trajectory, all paid on their own dime? >:D

RE: Whoa
By neothe0ne on 9/7/2009 2:52:10 PM , Rating: 5
+7 if I ever knew one.

RE: Whoa
By astrodemoniac on 9/7/2009 5:36:07 PM , Rating: 3
LMAO!! this is a +10 post xD

RE: Whoa
By ajfink on 9/7/2009 7:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
Plus six...


Then there would be proof of Karma.

RE: Whoa
By Lazarus Dark on 9/7/2009 11:37:12 PM , Rating: 2
I just want to say thank you to Dailytech for this story. I've been a bit depressed with the recent RIAA wins. Sony getting it back in return gives me warm fuzzies.

RE: Whoa
By JediJeb on 9/8/2009 2:18:35 PM , Rating: 2
Bad thing is the RIAA will probably end up suing Sony for stealing from Universal for the $12.8B then pocketing the money and not giving any to Universal.

Of course that would be the best outcome, because then two of the RIAA's bigest backers would be upset and maybe drop out :)

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