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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Members of The Fray Sue Manager


The Associated Press reported Joseph King and Issac Slade, the two songwriting members of The Fray are suing their manager for copyrights to some of their biggest hits.

The duo wrote “Over My Head (Cable car),” “How to Save a Life,” and the present hit “You Found Me.” “How to Save a Life” was in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum. Both, “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” became top 15 hits in the US and Canada.

The band’s manager, Gregg Lattermen, told the members his company was only getting a finder’s fee. A finder’s fee is a sum a person or company receives for acting as a go between amongst parties in order to reach an agreement or business transaction. However, the band claims Latterman acutally acquired ownership to a portion of the composers’ music in an agreement.

I’m not a lawyer, but it was my understanding an artist or band usually hands over some partial ownership to their songs once signing a publishing agreement.

The band’s lawsuit against Lattermen contends he failed to divulge his interest in King and Slade’s publishing contract and the band “would not have been deprived of valuable assets and income that should rightly be theirs but for defendants’ fraud.”

-Ashley Thompson
Currently listening to “Creep” by Radiohead.

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