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Recorded music major SME has failed in a bid to have a case brought against it by the record company 19 Recordings dismissed. A New York federal court judge ruled in March that several of the claims brought by 19 Recordings should be heard at trial.


  • SME has been accused by 19 Recordings of underpaying royalties to the tune of $7m earned by a number of contestants on the TV show American Idol including Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, and Carrie Underwood.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the claims made by 19 Recordings and which claims are to go forward to trial
  • The research note lifts the lid on the arrangement between TV producer and record company

Key questions answered

  • What has 19 Recordings accused SME of doing with regards to their arrangement for music exploitation?
  • What is SME's response to 19 Recordings' claims regarding their arrangement for music exploitation?

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  • Summary
  • And the winner is…
  • SME motion to dismiss
  • 19 claims to be heard


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