Altered release excluded musicians, nixes royalties

This article was corrected on Aug. 11, 2002.

Another day, another Ozzy lawsuit.

A trial date of Feb. 18 has been set for the lawsuit brought by Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake against Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Osbourne for past royalties, credits and the deletion of their contributions to the albums “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman.”

Epic Records reissued last month altered versions of the two Osbourne albums with the bassist and drummer’s parts replaced by new recordings, thereby eliminating claims Daisley and Kerslake would have on mechanical royalties. Daisley wrote all the lyrics and co-wrote the music for “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman.”

The current suit was filed in August 1998 against the Osbournes and their companies Blizzard Music and Monowise, and the labels that recently released the altered masters, Sony and Epic.

Tuesday, MTV and parent Viacom were sued by Threshold.tv for breach of contract related to the show. Last week, producer Gary Binkow sued the Osbournes claiming they stole his idea for their MTV series.

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