The family which owns the rights to the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise is at the center of another legal battle – they are taking aim at music giant EMI over song royalties from the squeaky trio.
The lovable characters, created in 1958 by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., started as a novelty music act which went on to spawn TV shows and a movie series.
The rights to the Chipmunks are now owned by Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and his Bagdasarian Productions company, who last year sued bosses at 20th Century Fox for half the profits from 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
Bagdasarian, Jr. is heading back to court again after filing a lawsuit against executives at EMI Music, alleging they have failed to hand over royalty payments for 24 Chipmunks songs.
The complaint, filed last week in U.S. District Court in California, came after a company audit allegedly revealed missing payments. Bagdasarian is demanding damages for breach of contract and copyright infringement, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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