No Goode Karaoke
Berry owns the publishing rights to his music – a rare accomplishment for a 50s rock ‘n’ roll star.
The legendary musician could get six figures for each song if he prevails in court, Berry attorney Peter Haviland told Reuters. Titles include “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene” and “My Ding-A-Ling.”
The lawsuit reportedly names three karaoke distributors – UAV Corp., Madacy Entertainment and Top Tunes – accusing them of producing about two dozen Berry tunes without paying royalties or obtaining licenses.
Haviland is also representing several copyright holders of lesser-known songs, according to Reuters.