Philly Songwriter Nets $44M In Lawsuit Over Usher Song

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A Philadelphia songwriter was awarded a complete of $44 million after a lawsuit he filed towards music producers over the usage of music he created for an Usher tune. Daniel Marino claimed in his swimsuit that he constructed the majority of the tune that will change into Usher’s “Bad Girl” from his 2004 album Confessions, and mentioned he was frozen out of making the most of the recording.

Philly.com studies:

Daniel Marino was awarded the sum in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court final week, when a jury issued a verdict ordering defendant William Guice to pay $6.75 million in compensatory damages and $20.25 million in punitive damages.

The verdict joined a settlement earlier final week through which Destro Music Productions, owned by codefendant Dante Barton, agreed to pay Marino $17.35 million as a part of a stipulated judgment, bringing his complete award to $44.35 million. Marino additionally acquired a 3rd of the possession rights to the tune in query, a transcription of courtroom proceedings within the settlement indicated. Guice, Barton, and Destro have been represented by legal professional Jason C. Berger of Margolis Edelstein

According to a civil grievance, between 2001 and 2002, Marino labored with Guice and Barton to create and document “Club Girl,” a tune that will later be recorded and launched by Usher on his 2004 album, Confessions, retitled as “Bad Girl.” Marino, who was represented by Francis Alexander legal professional Francis Malofiy, mentioned the grievance that he created a majority of the tune, together with its guitar hook, tempo, chord development, and different parts, whereas Barton and Guice added a beat and lyrics, respectively.

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Ouch.

Songwriters and producers, get your paperwork proper earlier than you’re taking a look at an enormous invoice like this.