(New York) After half a century of legal battle, American musician John Fogerty announced Thursday that he has regained the copyright to songs he had composed for his flagship 1970s group, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
At a time when his rock and folk peers – Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young – are selling the rights to their works for hundreds of millions of dollars, Fogerty, 77, is doing the opposite.
“Starting in January, I own my own songs again. I thought that would never happen. I can’t wait to tour and celebrate this year! “, The artist rejoiced at the site of him, speaking of a“ resurrection ”.
In fact, one of the most painful pages in the history of copyright and intellectual property of a musician in the United States is being turned: Fogerty —composer of the famous proud mary, Have you ever seen the Rain Y bad crescent moon — fought for 50 years in court to regain control of it after what he called a bad deal with a record company.
In the middle of the 1960s, the “pope” of music and cinema of the time, Saul Zaentz, who died in 2014, signed Fogerty and his group Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) with his Fantasy Records label.
Very soon, the rights to the famous song against the Vietnam War Lucky son They are at the center of the complaints, procedures and press campaigns led by John Fogerty.
When his CCR group collapsed in the early 1970s, the feud escalated with Fantasy Records in an attempt to break the contract. In vain.
Result, a long period of silence for the artist, who even refuses to sing the titles of his former group.
It was not until 2004 that the Concord record company bought Fantasy, but John Fogerty did not recover his rights.
The musician recently made an offer with financial details that were kept confidential, to which Concord signed up.
According to Billboard, first to reveal the agreement on Thursday through the mouth of John Fogerty, the Concord house should retain the rights to CCR that it already has in its possession while the musician should recover all his copyrights.
These rights allow you to receive dividends for the broadcast of a title on the radio or in digital broadcast, for the sale of an album or for its use in an advertisement or in a film, and the holders of the recording rights can decide future reissues .
In a statement, Concord President Bob Valentine called Fogerty’s work “one of the greatest compositions of the 20th century.me century” and said he was “more than happy” to have sealed an agreement.