Estate sues late singer’s son
LOS ANGELES The Ray Charles Foundation is suing the late singer’s son for publishing the recently released book You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U. S. District Court in Los Angeles against Ray Charles Robinson, Jr. and Random House.
According to the complaint, the son of the deceased singer is being sued because he put a photo of his father on the cover of his book and also included some of his father’s lyrics in the book.
The photo was allegedly taken by an employee of Ray Charles in 1965. The Foundation claims the photo was a “work made for hire” and that it owns the copyright.
The Foundation also alleges that the son included lyrics from I Got A Woman, Hallelujah I Love Her So, and What Kind of Man Are You? in the book.
The foundation wants $ 150,000 per infringement. Random House says it hasn’t seen the lawsuit and can’t comment yet.