Tuesday, January 08, 2013

George Clinton Forced to Give Up Four Songs to Pay Lawyer's Bills

Whenever Funkadelic's One Nation Under a Groove is played, the residuals will no longer go to George Clinton. They will now go to Clinton's lawyers to help repay past due bills.

The settlement with the Hendricks & Lewis law firm includes Groove and three other songs (Hardcore Jollies, The Electric Spanking of War Babies, Uncle Jam Wants You) for fees that Clinton accumulated between 2005 and 2008.  Hendricks & Lewis successfully sued in 2010 for the money and George had managed to pay back $340,000 but that wasn't enough so a federal judge ordered the songs to be turned over.

According to TMZ, the law firm may now sell or license the music as it deems fit to get the remaining money. When the past due amount is paid, the ownership of the songs will revert to Clinton.

Clinton is appealing the decision.

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