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Cher sues Mary Bono over Sonny & Cher song royalties

  • Says she has rights to 50% royalties underneath divorce settlement
  • Bono’s property allegedly stated it will cease paying her
  • Estate stated to argue that copyright termination impacts her rights

(Reuters) – Cher has sued former Republican U.S. Representative Mary Bono, widow of her late musical associate and ex-husband Sonny Bono, and his property in Los Angeles federal court docket for allegedly withholding her share of royalties in Sonny & Cher songs.

Cher asked the court on Wednesday to dam the belief that administers Sonny Bono’s royalties from terminating her rights from a divorce settlement that granted her half of Sonny & Cher’s royalties.

Mary Bono, the belief’s sole trustee, did not instantly reply to a request for remark; neither did Cher’s lawyer Peter Anderson of Davis Wright Tremaine.

Cher and Sonny Bono started performing collectively as Sonny & Cher in 1964, married in 1967, and divorced in 1978. The criticism stated they’d agreed to divide the royalties from songs like “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On” equally after their divorce.

Under the Copyright Act, authors can cancel transfers of their copyrights and reclaim them after 35 years in some circumstances. The provision has been on the middle of current disputes involving Marvel, its dad or mum firm Disney, and Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies.

According to the criticism, the Bono Collection Trust claimed that its 2016 notices of termination to a number of music publishers additionally ended Cher’s royalty rights.

Cher stated the belief informed her final month that it will cease paying her share of the royalties when the terminations go into impact, and that she not had the suitable to approve makes use of of their songs, amongst different issues.

Cher requested the court docket for a declaratory judgment that the property did not terminate her rights, and requested no less than $1 million in damages for breaching the divorce settlement.

The case is Cher v. Bono, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, No. 2:21-cv-08157.

For Cher: Peter Anderson of Davis Wright Tremaine.

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Blake Brittain

Blake Brittain studies on mental property legislation, together with patents, logos, copyrights and commerce secrets and techniques. Reach him at blake.brittain@thomsonreuters.com

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