Adam Lambert Slapped With Lawsuit

Nov 7th, 2011 // 9 Comments

You’d think Adam Lambert would spend his Monday basking in the afterglow of performing with Queen at the MTV EMAs, but a new lawsuit may have already sullied this week for the pop star. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lambert is facing a lawsuit that alleges he was in violation when he appeared and competed on the eighth season of American Idol, as he was under a Music Services Agreement and a Co-publishing Agreement with a company called Colwel Platinum Entertainment.

Colwel Platinum is attempting to release an album of songs recorded by Lambert called Beg For Mercy. They claim at the time of the recordings (before and during his time on Idol) the singer had an operating agreement with one of its divisions called Welsford Music Productions, and that competing on the show was in violation of this agreement.

Representatives for Lambert sent takedown notices to Amazon.com to stop selling Beg For Mercy. On October 14, the LP was removed from the site. Now Colwel Platinum is suing Lambert for making a false claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Reps for Colwel said in a statement, “Upon information and belief, Lambert, through his authorized agent and representative, knowingly materially misrepresented to Amazon.com in the ‘takedown notice’ that Amazon’s promotion and sale of the Album infringe Lambert’s rights.”

The company is seeking declaratory relief that it owns a 50% publishing share of the recordings, that it has an unconditional right to promote and sell the recordings, that Lambert’s agreements and contracts with the company currently remain in effect.

Adam has yet to officially respond to the lawsuit, though he tweeted over the weekend: “Remember than in any dispute, reserve judgement until all the facts surface from ALL parties. Guilt and innocence come with a complete story.”

[Via THR]

  1. brapsody

    @Becky Bain
    This is amazing, how supportive our press can be.
    Did you have anything else to do in Monday afternoon?
    As example: to write the comments about any former AI runners-up or winners. What are they doing?Did any of them performed with Queen lately or even have this chance in their future?
    And this news about “new lawsuit” are last week news. This is week news are Adam brilliant performance on EMA. Id you don’t like Adam this is your personal problem. Don’t make the reports like this. This is unproessional

    • I like Adam very much, for your information. And how is reporting news being unprofessional? And If the press only wrote about the positive stories and ignored anything that might be interpreted as negative, wouldn’t THAT be much more unprofessional?

  2. This is about the 6,000th article on this old story. Why aren’t you covering Adam’s brilliant performance last night? Did you even write anything about it? Or do you not cover good things. All you guys are alike you dwell on the negative and just give my press to vultures like Malcom Welsford.

  3. Tina S.

    Nuisance lawsuit. Old news. Next topic. What say you report on Adam’s stellar performance at the EMAs last night? That would be interesting and current, at least.

  4. Wendy

    I agree with all the comments posted already. Adam probably is basking in the aftermath of a spectacular perfomance as he should be. It’s just us who wasted our time reading this article.

  5. well anyways thanks for posting the beautiful picture of Adam in Ireland at the MTV EMA’s and also those utube suggestions after the article.

  6. pr63

    how come kris allen and lee dewyze never get slapped with lawsuits?? could it be that our adam outshines them by at least a billion killowats?? once you become famous all the leeches want a piece of the pie. LAY OFF, YOU VAMPIRES!!

  7. glamity58

    I didn’t see any articles about his Queen performance from you. The negative articles far outnumber the positive ones. I just would like equal time. Thanks.

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