Earache Records Sues Century Media

Earache founder Digby PearsonEarache founder Digby Pearson

Earache founder Digby Pearson

According to Courthouse News Service, British label Earache Records has filed suit against The Century Family and their affiliate Century Media Records, alleging it is owed $250,000 in licensing fees.

The confusing suit also claims Century Media failed to release hundreds of albums in the Earache catalog, violating an agreement between the labels announced over a year ago.

According to Earache’s suit, hundreds of albums it has delivered to Century Media have been distributed in the United States only, which makes the following sentence from the suit so confounding.

“Without each album being released in the U.S. during the term of the agreement, it is impossible for Earache Records to earn royalties in the U.S. market (in this case, for several years), and fulfill its obligations to its artists,” the 17-page lawsuit states.

The suit suggests Century Media ducked two advance payments of $125,000, claiming Earache breached the terms of the licensing agreement — which Earache suggests is a “transparent pretext” for delaying payment.

As well as defaulting on the fees, Century Family allegedly used album artwork and set release dates without Earache’s approval.

The U.S. company also failed to account for royalties in a timely manner, Earache’s suit adds.

Earache says Century Family is still marketing and selling Earache’s records in the U.S. market.

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