Wednesday, July 07, 2004

South Africa: family suing Disney over royalties for "Lion Sleeps Tonight"

A poor South African family is taking US entertainment giant Disney to court for unpaid royalties from the hit song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", originally a Zulu tune composed by their late father, lawyers said on Friday.

The executor of the estate of Solomon Linda, who died with less than 25 dollars in his bank account in 1962, will on behalf of his family claim 1.6 million dollars (1.3 million euros) in damages against Disney in a complaint to be filed in a South African court next week.

Disney is targeted as the "most active user" of the song, said copyright lawyer Owen Dean. (source)
(Via Swamp Cottage)