Music Mogul Al Bell Triumphs In Long-running Legal Battle
Soul music mogul Al Bell has won a long-running legal battle over the rights to hit songs like 1990s dancefloor filler Whoomp! (There It Is).
The former head of Stax Records emerged triumphant on Monday (10Sep12) when a Texas judge ruled his 1990s label Bellmark Records had been unlawfully exploited.
Bell filed for bankruptcy with Bellmark Records in 1997 and during the process, DM Records bosses acquired its assets, which they believed included the rights to Tag Team's Whoomp! There It Is and Duice's party anthem Dazzey Duks.
They began licensing the tracks, despite protests from Bell, who claimed his publishing firm Alvert Music - which was still in business - maintained the copyrights to the hits.
Bell filed suit against DM Records owners in 2002, accusing them of copyright violations. After repeated delays, the case went to trial last month (Aug12) and on Monday, a judge ruled in his favour.
The 72 year old is now expected to land a huge windfall in damages, which could run into millions of dollars, according to The Hollywood Reporter.