Warner Music Group pays more to its own lawyers than it can to its songwriters.

Two years ago, the co-writer behind Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ filed a lawsuit against Warner Music Group (WMG).

Robert ‘Shep’ Pettibone claimed the major label illegally withheld royalties from the 1990 hit.

The move followed another lawsuit over another song.  VMG Salsoul sued Madonna and Pettibone for willfully infringing on a 1976 song, ‘Love Break.’

Siding with the artist and the songwriter, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision.  Yet, the appeals court overruled the lower court’s decision to award attorneys’ fees, totaling more than $500,000.

Filing his own lawsuit soon thereafter, Pettibone alleged WMG and Warner/Chappell “have admittedly withheld and failed to pay Pettibone royalties owed to Plaintiff for its defense of the VMG Salsoul lawsuit, despite Plaintiff’s demand that they pay these royalties to him, and despite giving them notice of breach.”

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