Aftermath Entertainment, Inc. operates as a music record label company. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Santa Monica, California. Aftermath Entertainment, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Interscope Records, Inc.
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FBT Productions LLC and Aftermath Records Agree to Settle Lawsuit over Royalties with Universal Music Group over Payment for Downloads
Nov 3 12
In a potential case, Eminem's production company, FBT Productions, and his label, Aftermath Records have agreed to settle a lawsuit over royalties with Universal Music Group (UMG) over payment for downloads. The terms of the settlement weren't disclosed but in their request for a dismissal, FBT told the Los Angeles federal court that ‘this action has been settled to the satisfaction of all parties’. FBT initially sued Aftermath and its parent company, Universal Music Group, in 2007, with the production company claiming that song downloads should be considered licensed songs instead of physical sales (as the latter commands a much higher royalty rate). As such, the case has been closely watched by the music industry, as it will likely affect how labels and artists work together in the digital era. In 2009, a jury rejected arguments by FBT Productions LLC that Eminem is entitled to half the net receipts the record company gets for the downloads, rather than his standard royalties from record sales. The producers, who first signed Eminem in 1995, get 40% of the royalties. A federal appeals court in 2010 reversed the verdict, saying the trial judge had incorrectly denied a request by the producers for a pretrial ruling that the 'masters license' agreement for the recordings clearly applied to downloads and not the records-sold provision. In the later part of 2011, FBT filed a motion saying it was seeking 1.5 million in damages; the motion, however, was rejected by federal judge Philip Gutierrez, who said at the time that new damages would have to be calculated. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall B Mathers III, wasn't a party in the case. FBT Productions signed Eminem to an exclusive recording deal in 1995. In 1998, they made a deal with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records, a unit of Universal Music, which released Eminem's breakthrough album, 'The Slim Shady' LP.