Judge funks up Clinton rights

Musical pioneer gets his 'Groove' back

HOLLYWOOD — A U.S. District Court judge has returned the rights to four classic Funkadelic albums to George Clinton who produced and recorded the discs.

Clinton, a funk pioneer, becomes sole possessor of the masters for “Hardcore Jollies,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Uncle Jam Wants You” and “The Electric Spanking of War Babies,” which had been out of his control for more than 15 years. Clinton has no obligation to lien holders.

Judge Manuel L. Real concluded that Clinton had been defrauded of his creative works, which involved the complicity of his former employees, a member of his former management team and his lawyers. George Clinton Enterprises has begun a major effort to regain control over his properties; his recordings have been some of the most sampled works in the history of hip-hop.

The Funkadelic recordings, originally released by Warner Bros. Records in the late 1970s, were re-released by Priority Records which is currently owned by Capitol-EMI.

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