Rick Nelson estate sues Sony for royalties

The Rick Nelson estate has sued Sony Music, claiming underpayment of streaming royalties.

The suit, filed in New York, alleges the global music giant of charging "intercompany fees" from its overseas divisions in order to lower the pay due Nelson's heirs.

The estate's attorneys say Nelson was not the only victim of Sony's procedures; they hope to have other artists join the legal effort.  

Nelson recorded for Epic Records, now owned by Sony, in the 1970s. That was long after singles like "Travelin' Man" and "Hello Mary Lou," which he made for Imperial and Decca, which are part of rival Universal Music.

Nelson died in a 1985 private plane crash. (Variety)

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