It’s clearly the time of year for lawsuits and legal threats. Publisher Round Hill Music is suing distributor TuneCore and its parent company Believe.
The lawsuit claims that the two companies “reproduced and distributed musical compositions owned or controlled by Round Hill… despite knowing that the Round Hill Compositions were never properly licensed. Moreover, beyond failing to properly license Round Hill Compositions, Defendants have not properly paid for the corresponding uses.”
219 of the songs in Round Hill’s catalogue are cited as part of the lawsuit. MBW reported that the works include ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘She Loves You’ by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, as well as songs written by Ted Nugent, Florida Georgia Line and Ari Levine. TuneCore and Believe have yet to comment at the time of writing.