Former bandmate David Palmer of the iconic rock band Steely Dan has initiated legal proceedings against Steely Dan Inc. (SDI) to establish a claim for back pay on digital royalties. The lawsuit stems from controversy surrounding an inquiry by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) as to whether or not Palmer was legally entitled to Steely Dan royalty payments. The written agreement executed by SDI in 1972 entitles Palmer to a 1/6th disbursement share of all royalties payed by SDI. As of now Palmer states he has only received his “1/6th share (over $8,000.00) by SDI for a nine month period,” but is looking to collect on his pay royalties since SoundExchange was established.



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Teza White a native of the DC/Metro Region. She is 2013 graduate of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and was recently sworn in member of the State of Maryland.  Her interests cover the spectrum of Intellectual Property, Entertainment Law, and Sports Law issues with a focus on copyright, trademark, privacy, free speech, and ethical regulations.

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