Lawyer Fights For Ownership Of Nina Simone Songs

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Lawyer Fights For Ownership Of Nina Simone Songs

Thu May 08, 2008 @ 12:23PM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Simonenina In a new lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, attorney Steven Ames Brown claims he has a 40% ownership interest in Nina Simone's master recordings.

Brown says he obtained ownership after representing Simone in cases two decades ago against San Juan Music Group and Marshall Sehorn that established that proprietorship of the recordings belonged to the late singer.

Now that Simone has passed away, ownership of her songs seems to be an issue once again for the courts. Andrew Stroud, Simone's husband and manager, also claims ownership, and Brown's latest lawsuit seeks a judicial declaration clarifying rights.

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