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Cher Sues Sonny Bono’s Widow Over Rights to ‘I Got You Babe’

Oct. 14, 2021, 7:31 PM

Sonny Bono’s widow is wrongly trying to invoke a copyright law to take away Cher’s rights and royalties to “I Got You Babe” and other hits, according to a lawsuit Cher filed in a California federal court.

Former U.S. Rep. Mary Bono is claiming that termination rights in the Copyright Act, a provision that lets creators reclaim their rights to works 35 to 40 years after signing them away, should allow her to stop paying Cher royalties.

Cher, in a complaint filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, said termination rights don’t apply because ...

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