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Bob Daisley’s Case Against Ozzy Osbourne Headed to Arbitration After Lawsuit Dismissed in Court

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In August of 2016, former Ozzy Osbourne bassist and songwriter Bob Daisley handed down another lawsuit against the singer and his company, Blizzard Music Limited, for unpaid royalties. The four-stringer had attempted similar lawsuits in the past, losing those cases, and his current one has now been dismissed and is headed to arbitration.

As reported by Courthouse News, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder reached a conclusion that since Daisley’s claims of fraud, among other things, for unpaid royalties are rooted in songwriter agreements, that the case must go to arbitration.

Daisley’s primary concern in this lawsuit is performance royalties, rather than songwriting royalties, for his credited contributions to Ozzy’s first two solo records, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. After issuing the lawsuit, the bassist explained, “There’s also a royalty or payment that a writer gets if the song that he, she or they have written gets used in, say, a television advertisement, a television show, a video game, etc.… When the song is used, they have to get permission from the publisher to use the song and there’s payment involved. That payment is termed ‘synchronization fees,’ or ‘sync fees,’ which the writers are entitled to a share of.”

It is alleged that Blizzard U.S. was taking an additional 15 percent fee for royalty payments, copyrights and commercial exploitation of Daisley’s accredited songs on top of Blizzard U.K.’s 10 percent fee. In response to the lawsuit, a statement released by Osbourne read, in part, “We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment.”

It remains to be seen what will come of this case. Follow Loudwire as we continue to report on this story as it develops further and to read the full court document, click here.

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