Glay Beats Manager In Court

Top Japanese rock band Glay emerged victorious Oct. 22 from the Tokyo District Court, which ruled in favor of the group in its lawsuit against former management company Unlimited Group.

The company will now have to return the copyright on 147 of Glay’s songs and pay a total of ¥670 million ($7.3 million) in contract fees and royalties to the band.

Glay signed with Unlimited in 1998. The band’s contract stipulated that the company owned the copyrights on all their songs and would pay royalties to the band accordingly.

However, in recent years Unlimited has had serious financial problems because of lawsuits and Glay has said the band received no royalties.

Consequently, the band terminated the contract in 2005 with the support of another major artist management company, Amuse.

Then, in 2006, the band formed its own management company, Lover Soul, with Hirohiko Inoguchi, Glay’s former manager and once the assistant chairman of Unlimited.