Universal Music Group announced they won a jury verdict over digital
royalties in a lawsuit brought by FBT Productions LLC, who worked with
rapper Eminem early in his career. According to a source at Universal, the jury’s verdict was unanimous.
The Bass Brothers’ FBT Productions and Joel Martin’s Em2M filed a lawsuit in May 2007 against Aftermath Records, Interscope Records and others over the split of digital royalties due for Eminem’s recordings. The suit claimed that the labels should be paying half of the net receipts from downloads and master ringtones rather than the lesser artist royalty rate based on sales.
By Cortney Harding, N.Y.