Musicians’ union sues producers for rerecording music on American Idol Rewind

The American Federation of Musicians has sued American Idol’s producers for re-recording music on the syndicated American Idol Rewind show instead of paying the original musicians royalties.

The union wants “unspecified damages” because “American Idol Productions Inc. and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions Inc. violated a collective bargaining agreement” that “says the show’s musicians should be paid royalties for rebroadcasts of the show,” the AP reports, citing the lawsuit.

The AP says “producers are required to pay 75 percent of scale to musicians who appear in the original show and rehearsals, plus 10 percent of that pay to a union pension fund, with decreasing percentages for each rebroadcast, according to court papers. In 2007, the producers started cutting out the show’s soundtrack and using different musicians to re-record new music for the past-season highlights show.”

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