Cher sues Sonny Bono’s widow over Sonny & Cher royalties
Cher has filed a lawsuit against Mary Bono, the widow of her ex-husband / music partner Sonny Bono, for royalties related to the Sonny & Cher recordings.
Through Rolling stone, Cher claims in the lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles District Court that “… Bono’s heirs stopped paying his royalties on Sonny & Cher’s music, even though – as part of the divorce deal of Cher and Bono from 1978 – the singer was entitled to an indemnity of 50% of participation of their music.
Cher also accuses Mary Bono of attempting to terminate the divorce agreement citing copyright law of 1976.
Rolling stone note, “Under the Copyright Act 1976, the estate of an author” may terminate the granting by the deceased author of a transfer or renewal license of the right to ‘author or any right thereunder. The Bono Collection Trust interpreted this language as a way to end the 1978 divorce agreement between Bono and Cher, according to the lawsuit. (Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident in 1998.)
Daniel J. Schacht, lawyer for Mary Bono, told the Los Angeles Times in a statement, “Copyright law allows Sonny’s widow and children to reclaim Sonny’s copyright from the publishers, which they have done … Bono remains open to suing Sonny. a private discussion about it, but we are confident that, if necessary, the court will confirm their position.
Cher’s lawsuit calls for “estimated royalties that the Bono heirs withheld” in the amount of $ 1 million.
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