Tower of Power Sues Warner Music Group Corp. Over Digital Royalties

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Popular music stars Emilio Castillo and Stephen Kupka,‭ ‬collectively and professionally known as Tower of Power,‭ ‬by and through‭ ‬their attorneys at Audet‭ & ‬Partners,‭ ‬LLP,‭ ‬a San Francisco,‭ ‬California-based trial law firm,‭ ‬and the Law Offices of Lopez‭ & ‬Associates,‭ ‬have filed a class action complaint‭ (‬Case‭ ‬#‭ ‬1531‭) ‬in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against‭ ‬Warner Music Group Corp. ‬The case arises out of the alleged failure of‭ ‬Warner Music‭ ‬to pay the full royalty rates to artists such as‭ ‬Tower of Power on revenue generated from the licensing of digital downloads and/or ringtones.

‎“‏From the information we have received,‭ ‬it appears‭ ‬Warner Music has failed to pay‭ ‬Tower of Power and its other artists the amount owed on the licensing of songs for digital downloads and ringtones.”

Popular music stars Emilio Castillo and Stephen Kupka,‭ ‬collectively and professionally known as Tower of Power,‭ ‬by and through‭ ‬their attorneys at Audet‭ & ‬Partners,‭ ‬LLP,‭ ‬a San Francisco,‭ ‬California-based trial law firm,‭ ‬and the Law Offices of Lopez‭ & ‬Associates,‭ ‬have filed a class action complaint‭ (‬Case‭ ‬#‭ ‬1531‭) ‬in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against‭ ‬Warner Music Group Corp.‭ ‬The case arises out of the alleged failure of‭ ‬Warner Music‭ ‬to pay the full royalty rates to artists such as‭ ‬Tower of Power on revenue generated from the licensing of digital downloads and/or ringtones.

‎“‏From the information we have received,‭ ‬it appears‭ ‬Warner Music has allegedly failed to pay‭ ‬Tower of Power and its other artists the amount owed on the licensing of songs for digital downloads and ringtones,‭”‬ stated‭ ‬Plaintiffs‭’‬ attorney Joshua C.‭ ‬Ezrin of Audet‭ & ‬Partners,‭ ‬LLP.‭ “‬Emilio‭ ‬and Stephen are bringing this action to ensure all artists are properly paid for their work.‭”‬

Tower of Power‭ (‬or‭ ‬TOP for short‭) ‬is an‭ ‬American‭ ‬R&B-based band,‭ ‬originating in‭ ‬Oakland,‭ ‬California,‭ ‬that has been performing for over‭ ‬43‭ ‬years.‭ ‬They are best known for their funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section.‭ ‬Their biggest hits include‭ "‬You're Still A Young Man‭"‬,‭ "‬So Very Hard To Go‭"‬,‭ "‬What Is Hip‭?"‬,‭ ‬and‭ "‬Don't Change Horses‭ (‬In the Middle of a Stream‭)‬.‭"‬ Emilio‭ "‬Mimi‭" ‬Castillo‭ (‬born September‭ ‬24,‭ ‬1950,‭ ‬Detroit,‭ ‬Michigan‭) ‬is a‭ ‬saxophone player and‭ ‬composer and is best known as the founder of the band.‭ ‬Stephen‭ "‬Doc‭" ‬Kupka‭ (‬a.k.a.‭ "‬The Funky Doctor‭") (‬born‭ ‬25‭ ‬March c.1946,‭ ‬in Berkeley,‭ ‬California‭) ‬is a‭ ‬baritone saxophone player and composer,‭ ‬and is‭ ‬also a‭ ‬founding member of the band.

Audet‭ & ‬Partners,‭ ‬LLP,‭ ‬is a San Francisco Bay Area based law firm.‭ ‬The law firm represents individuals,‭ ‬governmental entities,‭ ‬small businesses and shareholders in a wide variety of cases,‭ ‬including product liability,‭ ‬tort,‭ ‬negligence,‭ ‬consumer privacy,‭ ‬intellectual property,‭ ‬securities,‭ ‬insider trading,‭ ‬antitrust,‭ ‬environmental,‭ ‬whistle blower,‭ ‬aviation and employment cases.‭ ‬The founding partner,‭ ‬attorney William M.‭ ‬Audet,‭ ‬has served as court-approved lead counsel in dozens of federal and state cases throughout the United States.

Contact:

Joshua C.‭ ‬Ezrin,‭ ‬Esq.
Phone:‭ ‬415.568-2555
Email:‭ ‬jezrin(at)audetlaw(dot)com

Anthony R.‭ ‬Lopez,‭ ‬Esq.
Phone:‭ ‬310.276.4700
Email:‭ ‬alopez(at)musicatty(dot)com

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Joshua Ezrin
Audet & Partners, LLP
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