There was already a years-long battle for the records that made the stars of Åge Aleksandersen, Terje Tysland and Hans Rotmo. The record company, which claims the rights, has sent a notice of legal action. Hair travelers, says Germany.
The notice was sent to the Gramo Rewards Association, which collects money for performers and producers when recorded music is broadcast or shown in public.
We have received notification of a lawsuit from Warner Music, confirms Lars Bucketton, Grammo’s Managing Director.
She is under treatment, so I can’t comment on her content.
Warner General Manager Leif O. Ribe does not want to comment on the lawsuit notice now.
However, the notice was confirmed by attorney Warner Steffen Asmundsson, partner at CMS Kluge Advokatfirma.
Warner believes that Grammo did not follow his own case handling rules when handling the complaint in this case. The issue of case handling will also be important for similar cases in the future, he wrote in an email to VG.
1993 central bankruptcy
In October, Grammo decided in a dispute that record label Warner had no so-called producer rights to the music that Alexander, Tesland and Rotmo launched in the early 1980s via Norsk Plateselskap AS, which the three artists jointly own.
Among the releases was Alexandersen’s double album “Dains med mæ”, which was a bestseller in 1982.
The feud between the artists and Warner has been going on for a long time, and has its roots in a bankruptcy settlement since 1993.
After Trønder’s three rock isolates closed Norsk Plateselskap, they released their records from 1984 – such as record-breaking Aleksandersen sales of “Levva livet” and German “Gutta på by’n” – via newly started Plateselskapet AS, which they operated Gunnar Hordvik, one of the most important supporters of Trønder Rock.
The crux of the dispute is whether Hordvik properly acquired the rights to the product after the Record Company’s bankruptcy.
Regardless, Hordvik managed it at his next recording company, Norsk Gram, which, among other things, released DDE and sold huge amounts of records at the turn of the millennium.
Several music resells ended up from Norsk Plateselskap and Plateselskapet with Warner Music, one of the Big Three multinational record labels.
In 2016, Alexandersen, Germany, and Rotmo contacted Warner about the rights issue. Like all three, Simond Fiskvik, for several years, was one of the strongest players in the Norwegian recording industry, and is now the leader of the Producers Association Nora (Norwegian Recording Artists).
– Now we have to look at whether or not the lawsuit will be issued, says Fiskvik.
– But on the warning, it happened, exactly what we thought would happen in the worst case. Which is that Warner will attack Grammo, who made the decision.
Warner’s attorney maintains that they have not sent notice of a lawsuit to the artists, and that the handling of Grammus’ case is that they may bring them to court.
Fiskvik, who was director of the recording organization IFPI for a number of years and president of Spellemann in parallel, discusses the warning in strong terms.
– I think it’s incredible. Very ugly and frivolous.
He notes that the October decision was also reviewed by Grammo.
– I think they should be able to give up and lose. That’s a little bit of money and a “piece of the pie” for Warner, but that was probably the prestige at the time.
Raise the hair, says Terry Tysland of the lawsuit notice.
Grammo concluded, as is true, that there is no doubt whatsoever that he was ours. Nor was there any doubt that it had not been sold, neither by us nor by others.
Germany says that he himself came from a time when record companies and artists were partners.
– Now we seem to be enemies, sort of. I do not understand.
Hans Rotmo says he has now withdrawn from the conflict.
“Let Warner own what they claim to own,” he wrote in a letter to VG.
The rock giants in Trønder chose to take the dispute in two rounds at Grammo. The decision issued last fall relates only to the releases from Norsk Plateselskap.
Fiskvik now says he plans to ask Grammo to take a stand on releases from Record in the next round, and that’s imminent.
– We attack Part Two by claiming that Warner cannot legally own it.
Where Norsk Plateselskapet was closed down by artists in 1983, Plateselskapet went bankrupt ten years later.
The record company guide didn’t just consist of the three bestsellers listed above.
It also included – among other things – a compilation of Halfdan Sivertsen’s most famous recordings, Tindrum’s heavy-rock hit “Drums Of War” and Torstein Flakne and Dag Ingebrigtsen “Rosenborgsangen”.
– It’s a huge catalog, belonging to many Norwegian artists, says Fiskvik.
Pointed out the lack of evidence
This Warner attorney says about Fiskvik’s announced new tour:
– When Fiskvik has now stated that he will present many of these cases to Grammo, this confirms that it is necessary to clarify how Grammo will deal with these cases in the future.
In the feud with Grammo last fall, Warner thought the issue was too complicated for Grammo to be the right body to deal with.
The Grammo Committee itself disagreed with this.
In the decision, they wrote that Warner did not document or otherwise explain how Hordvik obtained in a legally valid manner the product rights to the Norwegian record label’s catalog.
“No evidence has been presented in the case in which the Committee could consider the question of approving such a transfer of rights. The Committee therefore concludes that the facts in the case appear to be simple,” it stated.
– The case is straightforward and easy to resolve, as Fiskvik believes.
– It appears that the first seller, Gunnar Hordevik, never owned this catalog, and therefore could not sell it either. He never bought it, and Warner could never prove that Hordevik bought it. Then it explodes. They deceived themselves, not doing their job critically enough.
Hordevik died in an accident in 2005.
Adresseavisen He first mentioned the conflict in 2017. He referred to a letter Fiskvik sent to Grammo, which was accompanied by a statement from the estate manager after the record company’s 1993 bankruptcy that no rights from the estate had been sold.
Fiskvik thus argued that the rights became “unskillful” after bankruptcy – but did not evaporate for this reason, and so there was little doubt that the artists themselves were at that time any closer to controlling them.
Adresseavisen also stated that they saw agreements that gave Alexandersen, Tesland and Rotmo joint ownership and control of their recordings on Plateselskapet AS, in addition to the artist’s regular rights. It must have originated from 1990.
The case also stated that Grammo has frozen all payments to the controversial music since the conflict became official in 2016.
VG Grammo president Paquiton confirmed that the funds were withheld until the issue was addressed by them last fall.
He does not want to comment on the amounts involved.
In a longer article on the conflict in class struggle In 2017, it seemed that the artists did not lose very large amounts of money.
There Terry Taisland thinks it’s about principles on the one hand, and on the other it’s a few thousand kronor a month for him – “a lot” for a minimal pensioner like him.
– I paid 12,000 crowns a month. I can live on this as long as I play all the time. But I’m not getting any younger. I can’t count on health lasting another 30 or 40 years. At my busiest time, I had 260 concerts in one year, and set a new record. Once I was doing 87 concerts in 90 days. Germany said at the time, I can’t do that now.
The fees that Gramo collects are not for digital use like Spotify, but instead for use of music by radio and actors such as cafes, restaurants, hotels, gyms, stores and hairdressers.
Gramo is approved as a reward agency by the Ministry of Culture and collects accordingly website In financial rewards from more than 16,000 players as mentioned above on a national basis.
*VG tried to get a comment from Åge Aleksandersen. His manager, Tor Evensen, says his client will not comment on the lawsuit notice.
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