LOS ANGELES (CN) – Singer-songwriter Daryl Hall claims a media company owes him $87,500 for appearing on its corporate Rose Parade float, and that it released an unauthorized DVD of his performance.
Hall, best known as half of the pop duo Hall & Oates, sued RFD-TV and its corporate parent Rural Media Group on Jan. 6 in Federal Court.
Hall claims that Rural Media broadcast his music Web series “Live From Daryl’s House” on its channels but that the agreement was terminated after Rural Media failed to pay license fees.
He claims he agreed to perform on the company’s 2014 corporate float after it promised to name it after the Hall & Oates song “You Make My Dreams Come True.”
Hall said Rural Media agreed to reimburse him and his band for expenses Hall, but when he submitted a bill for $87,508, Rural Media failed to reimburse him.
“Despite not having paid a penny of the expenses incurred in connection with the Rose Parade appearance, plaintiffs discovered in or about April 2014 that Rural Media Group was commercially selling a two disc 2014 Rose Parade DVD for $29.99,” the lawsuit states.
Hall claims that the DVD cover uses his likeness without his permission and that the DVD infringes his copyright on the songs “You Make My Dreams Come True,” “Bring It On Home,” and excerpts from “Live From Daryl’s House.”
He seeks at least $87,508 in damages for copyright infringement, violation of publicity rights, breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
Also named as plaintiffs are Good Cop Bad Cop Productions, and Ray Delarue Tours.
Hall is represented by Ralph C. Loeb, with Krane & Smith, of Encino.
Rural Media Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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