B.J. Thomas, The Shirelles, Gene Pitney and Hank Ballard

Together these superstar artists sued Nashville-based catalogue labels, Gusto and G.M.L. in federal court for royalties stemming from direct manufacture, licensing of third-party distribution and syncronization licenses. The 6th Circuit decision not only upheld the artist entitlement to unpaid royalties from direct manufacturing, but more significantly recognized the record industry custom and practice of compensating artists with 50% of the income received by the owner of the master recordings from all licensing.