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NOS News•Today, 07:36•Adjusted today, 10:42
The Dutch artist and producer Mr. Probz demands 10 million euros from record company Sony Music Entertainment (SME). The company is said to have withheld royalties for years. mr. Probz, who in daily life is called Dennis Stehr, has therefore gone to court.
It is the second time that Mr. Probz and his company Left Lane are suing the music giant. In September 2020, they already successfully filed a case against SME, even then it was about royalties. Sony did not provide any insight into the numbers, leaving Mr. Probz and his company were not clear about the royalties they were entitled to.
Sony still had to provide the accounts. An investigation by the accountancy firm Grant Thornton has revealed that the record company has not complied with the contract and that there is fraud and deception. With a bottom procedure, Mr. Try to get his money now.
“I never got the compensation I was entitled to from the start and I suspect I’m not alone,” said Mr. probz. “What we have been litigating for years and the recent audits have discovered is so crooked that I have no choice but to take these steps.”
Surprise and disbelief
Pim Keulen, expert in the field of royalties, says he has read the findings of the audit firm with “surprise and disbelief”. “SME apparently makes mutual agreements within a group, outside of artists, as a result of which musicians miss out on significant income and cannot rely on being correctly settled on all income received by SME.”
It is a well-known problem in the music world, says lawyer Sander Petit, who specializes in music rights. “The music world is not transparent. A law was passed last year that should change that,” he says in the NOS Radio 1 Journaal. “The artists have to compete against the big companies. That is a difficult battle, but they are certainly not without a chance.”
Sony Music Entertainment says in it FD “strongly dispute” the allegations. The company declined to comment further while the case is in court.
mr. Probz is known for the hits Waves and Nothing really matters.