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Question: DEAR SIRS, I WAS A WRITER/KEYBOARDIST FOR A BAND SIGNED WITH A LARGE LABEL A
FEW YEARS AGO. I WAS PAID MY WRITERS ROYALTIES IN A TIMELY AND ACCURATE
MANNER.IN 2005, THE SAME ALBUM WAS RE-RELEASED BY ANOTHER COMPANY WHO LICENSED
THE RIGHTS TO REDISTRIBUTE FROM UNIVERSAL MUSIC. I JUST DISCOVERED THE
RE-RELEASE. I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY WRITERS ROYALTIES FROM EITHER COMPANY. WHO
SHOULD I PURSUE FOR MY ROYALTIES: THE FIRST LABEL OR THE COMPANY WHO LICENSED IT
FROM THEM. YOUR KNOWLEDGE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. WARMEST REGARDS, TIM
SHARPTON
Answer by

Robert Metzgar/Universal's response:
Mr. Sharpton: your BMI or ASCAP representative should be able to handle this for you . Both companies exclusively represent writers like yourself. They have a lot of lawyers that will make sure you get your money. Just remember that legally, these companies don't owe you a cent until you fill out your W-9 forms for the government. Since 911, all these companies can withhold all payments until you complete the paperwork that the Patriot act requires prior to getting any money. Get your paperwork to them and that will help speed the payment to you.

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