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State Senate Probing Record Companies

July 03, 2002|Chuck Philips

The accounting practices of the nation's five largest music corporations will come under scrutiny during a July 23 hearing by the California Senate.

State legislators are reviewing the contracts of recording artists and intend to probe allegations by music acts that record firms consistently cheat them out of royalty payments.

The hearing was announced Tuesday by Sen. Martha Escutia (D-Whittier), chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Culver City), chairman of the Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry.

"Recording artists should not have to sue for what is rightfully theirs," Escutia said. "Yet, unfortunately, that is the case for many artists."

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