Donald Glover Resolves Royalty Dispute With Former Label


A decision has been present in Donald Glover’s authorized dispute with former label Glassnote Records. It was underneath Glassnote that Glover recorded his first three albums as Childish Gambino and in July 2018, the 2 events went to court docket over royalties disputes. 

According to Glassnote, it owned the copyrights to all the fabric included within the albums and was entitled to 50 p.c of the royalties generated from “non-interactive streaming companies,” which interprets to streaming companies like Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM and others which can be thought of to be digital radio.

Under the License Agreement, Glassnote is obligated to pay DJR a “Royalty” equal to 50% of the Net Proceeds obtained from the exploitation of the grasp recordings topic to that settlement. The Net Proceeds are outlined because the “Gross Revenues” that exceed “Deducted Expenses.” Because SoundExchange royalties obtained by Glassnote, because the purported rights holder, are included within the definition of “Gross Revenues” underneath the License Agreement, these royalties are topic to the 50/50 Net Proceeds break up. Thus, to the extent Glassnote has obtained […] royalties from SoundExchange, these royalties have to be break up equally between Glassnote and DJR underneath the License Agreement, that are separate and distinct from the royalties which can be paid instantly by SoundExchange to the “featured artist” (Glover) and the royalties paid to “non-feature d artists.”

Donald Glover Resolves Royalty Dispute With Former Label

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Glover’s personal imprint McDJ maintained that it owned Gambino’s masters and solely licensed them completely to Glassnote, thus entitling Gambino to greater than half of the royalties. The breakdown was that 45 p.c of the royalties had been to go to the artist, 50 p.c to the copyright proprietor, and the different 5 p.c to non-featured contributors that embrace producers and engineers.

Glassnote said that they had been entitled to 50 p.c of digital royalties as a part of the licensing deal. Glover and McDJ quickly accused the label of breach of contract, good religion, truthful dealing, and fiduciary obligation, and negligence.

Now, Variety reviews that each events have been capable of attain frequent floor, settling after submitting a stipulation on Friday. Both events have agreed to toss their fits towards one another and pay their very own legal professional’s charges.