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Estate of Pop Star Ricky Nelson Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Sony
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Estate of Pop Star Ricky Nelson Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Sony

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NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – The estate of 1950s teen idol Rick Nelson has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment, reports Variety.

The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in New York on Tuesday, alleges that the label is improperly withholding a portion of Nelson’s royalties from international streaming revenue. Also according to Variety, the complaint goes on to suggest that Sony charges itself intercompany fees of up to 68% on foreign streaming revenues, which not only violates the terms of Nelson’s contract but diminishes the overall profit available to artists.

Nelson, who began his career as a child actor starring alongside his real-life parents on “The Adventure of Ozzy and Harriet,” eventually became a chart-topping pop singer recording such hits as “Poor Little Fool,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Hello Mary Lou” and “Teen Age Idol.” He died in 1985 at the age of 45.

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