[news=http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/6379/sony7xe.gif]Sony Music could be the target of a class action lawsuit from its artists, if a suit filed in a New York Federal Court is successful. Musicians The Allman Brothers and Cheap Trick say the company is not giving its artists a fair share, which under contract was half of the licensing revenue.
"Sony Music is presently engaged in a widespread attempt to underpay its recording artists; with the technological advancements in the music industry, it is essential that artists receive the royalty income to which they are entitled," Attorney Brian Caplan said in a statement.
Because both bands have deals that were signed before music was sold on the Internet -- The Allman Brothers' is from 1989 and Cheap Trick's from 1976 -- Sony has paid less than half. Instead, it is treating digital music as traditional record sales, which is on a different pay scale.