Ronnie Spector wins lengthy battle for Ronettes royalties
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Source: MusicDish/Mi2N - November 16, 2001
Ronnie Spector has won his 13-year court battle against ex-husband/producer
Phil Spector over royalties due her 1960's group The Ronettes. A New York
State appeals court ordered Phil Spector to pay close to $3 million dollars
plus interest to Ronnie and the Ronettes. In a unanimous decision, the
Supreme Court's Appellate Division upheld a lower court ruling of $2.6
million in June 2000 which in effect stated Phil Spector breached a 1963
contract with the Ronettes for royalties and payments of licensing for hit
songs such as Baby I Love You.
"I'm thrilled at the appellate courts unanimous decision," she said. "All
along I remained focused and knew that only one decision could be reached if
you followed the facts and the law. I hope this proves to be positive for
all recording artists and affords other acts the opportunity to be properly
compensated for their work."
She joined the Recording Artists Coalition to help oppose a law that amends
the Copyright Act, making sound recordings work for hire and impossible for
artists to reclaim as their own in the future. She's currently negotiating a
new recording deal and said, "This isn't the 60's anymore. This is a
different world today where women are making a big difference."
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