When The Funk Hits The Fan: George Clinton Must Turn Over His Music To Pay Debt

January 6, 2013  |  

One can only assume that back in the day, some recording stars didn’t learn much about the business of music and therefore, it has hurt them many years later. That must be the case for legendary funk star George Clinton. That, or he’s had way too much of the “chief” over the years. Either way, he is about to pay – and hopefully learn in the process – in a major way.

Clinton’s former law firm, Hendrick & Lewis, won a huge case against the musician back in 2010.   At that time, Clinton was ordered to pay off the $1.5 million bill he owed them.  However, they were only able to collect $340,000 in repayment from him.  In court documents obtained by TMZ, Clinton must now hand over the rights to his music in order to pay off the debt since he doesn’t appear to have any other way to pay.  Hendricks & Lewis now own the copyrights to “Hardcore Jollies, “The Electric Spanking of War Babies,” “Uncle Jam Wants You” and the classic “One Nation Under A Groove.” Under the terms of the settlement, H&L can do whatever they want to do with the songs…including selling it or using it whenever or however they want.

We might hear his music in commercials any day now.

The federal judge ruled that whenever H&L has recouped the money, they must turn the rights back over to Clinton. For his part, Clinton is appealing the ruling but there’s been no word on how long it will take for a decision.

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