These producers and songwriters have to do better to make sure they are getting paid for their talents. Daniel Marino, a Philly songwriter was awarded a total of $44 million after a lawsuit he filed against music producers over the use of music he created for an Usher song. According to Philly.com Daniel Marino claimed he wasn't given credit for writing one of Usher's hits from Usher's Confessions album. In Marino's suit he claims he built the bulk of the song for Bad Girl, but didn't get his credit and said he was frozen out of profiting from the recording. He was awarded the sum when a jury issued a verdict ordering defendant William Guice to pay $6.75 million in compensatory damages and $20.25 million in punitive damages. Marino also received a third of the ownership rights to the song in question.
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