Poison Sues Label Over Royalties


June 19, 2008

Members of Poison say their record label has consistently underpaid them royalties throughout their career, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The lawsuit against Capitol Records and EMI Music Marketing claims the companies breached contracts with the band by improperly categorizing certain record sales and miscalculating everything from producer royalties to foreign taxes.

A representative for Capitol and EMI did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Thursday.

The group claims it tried to audit the band’s records kept by Capitol, but the firm didn’t fully cooperate. The band stated in its lawsuit that it cannot determine how much money it is owed and asked a judge to order Capitol Records to allow a full accounting review of the band’s records.

The glam-rock band’s popularity peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, recording hits such as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Talk Dirty to Me.”

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