INCUBUS have filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. in an attempt to break free from their contract that requires the group to make four more albums with the company's Epic Records label, according to Billboard.com. The band are asking a judge to rule that California's labor law allows them to stop recording for Sony and get a new deal from another label.
INCUBUS, whose most recent album, "Morning View", debuted in November 2001 at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, objects to Sony's common practice of deducting such costs as video production and packaging from the artists' cut, said band manager Steve Rennie.
"Under current standard industry practices, Sony Music has been handsomely rewarded financially during this period while the members of INCUBUS have received very little compensation from their creative and professional efforts," Rennie said. The core question, he added, is whether INCUBUS "is entitled to share fairly in the fruits of their labor going forward."
"We have the highest regard for INCUBUS and their music and take great pride in the work we have done together to build a worldwide audience for them," Sony responded in a statement. "INCUBUS is signed to an exclusive recording contract with Sony Music."
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