A LOS ANGELES jury awarded music producer QUINCY JONES $9.42 million in damages, for being underpaid in royalties for music used in the “This Is It” documentary and two CIRQUE DU SOLEIL shows, VARIETY reports. JONES initially sued the MICHAEL JACKSON estate in 2013, asserting that he was owed $30 million from posthumous deals by JACKSON’s estate that featured his music in the 2009 film and the CIRQUE shows.
At issue was the interpretation of two contracts for the albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad.” JONES’ lawyers contended that his contracts entitle him to significant proceeds from “This Is It,” the backstage concert film released after JACKSON’s death, as well as those from two CIRQUE DU SOLEIL shows.
Following the verdict, JONES released the following statement:
“As an artist, maintaining the vision and integrity of one’s creation is of paramount importance. I, along with the team I assembled with MICHAEL, took great care and purpose in creating these albums, and it has always given me a great sense of pride and comfort that three decades after they were originally recorded, these songs are still being played in every corner of the world. This lawsuit was never about MICHAEL, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created. Although this judgment is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter. I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists’ rights overall.”