MCA sues over rights to ‘Evita’

MCA Records Inc. has sued a British company that owned the rights to “Evita” for allegedly breaching a contract giving MCA right of first refusal for a soundtrack album based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

MCA, in a complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, said it got the right of first refusal in a 1976 contract with Evita Records Ltd., under which it also got immediate rights to make an “Evita” album.

Evita Records allegedly breached the agreement by granting soundtrack rights last year to Warner Bros. Records, which released the “Evita” album last month.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 and a declaration of rights.

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