Bob Dylan just handed the widow of a person of his collaborators some “Money Blues.”
The famous crooner had been sued in Manhattan Supreme Court docket by Claudia Levy, the wife of late songwriter Jacques Levy who sought a part of the $300 million Dylan been given when he sold his music catalogue.
Jacques, who died in 2004, co-wrote 7 of the nine songs on Dylan’s 1976 album “Desire,” and his widow claimed in her $7.25 million lawsuit that her husband’s estate was owed 35 p.c “of the acquire price” Dylan acquired from customer Common New music Group for the seven songs.
But attorneys for the “Blowin’ in the Wind” singer argued that beneath the 1975 contract Dylan and Jacques signed, the estate was only entitled to 35 percent in royalties — not an additional 35 per cent reduce of the sale of the tracks to Universal in 2020.
Choose Barry Ostrager sided with Dylan’s camp and tossed out Levy’s suit in a ruling Friday.
“The 1975 arrangement vested in Dylan full ownership and regulate of the copyrights to the compositions and confined Levy’s legal rights to 35% of the specified compensation, which consisted mostly of licensing royalties and in no way can be construed to contain a part of Dylan’s sale of his have copyrights and royalty rights,” Ostrager wrote in his determination.
The royalties compensated out to Levy’s estate have totaled roughly $1 million to date, according to the ruling.
“We’re pleased with today’s selection,” Dylan’s attorney, Orin Snyder, stated in a statement Friday. “As we claimed when the scenario was filed, this lawsuit was a sad try to financial gain off the modern catalog sale. We’re glad it is now in excess of.”
Aaron Richard Golub, a attorney for the Levy estate, advised The Post by cellphone, “We feel we have a solid scenario, and we plan to attractiveness.”
Jacques and Dylan co-wrote songs together with “Romance in Durango,” “Hurricane,” “Catfish,” “Joey,” “Money Blues,” “Rita Mae,” “Mozambique,” “Oh Sister,” “Black Diamond Bay, a Bedtime Story” and “Isis.”
The album “Desire” topped the Billboard Pop Album chart for 5 weeks, went double platinum and was rated 174th on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Finest Albums of All Time,” the fit noted.