American rock group THE TURTLES are suing their former label Capitol Records for breach of contract and copyright infringement, after a song they claim to have written was sampled by rapper Ice Cube in 1990.
The Turtles' founding members Mark 'Flo' Volman and Howard 'Eddie' Kaylan, otherwise known as Flo + Eddie, claim executives at Capitol reneged on an agreement to pay royalties for the use of their song Buzzsaw - which appeared in part on Ice Cube's Jackin' For Beats, from his EP Kill At Will.
In legal papers obtained by website and filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (13May08), Volman and Kaylan allege they entered a deal with Capitol bosses in December 1990 regarding Buzzsaw, which covered royalty payments for the track.
However, the pair claim they have not received anything from Capitol, despite the release of various albums and compilations featuring Ice Cube's version of the track in the years since 1990.
The duo, best known for The Turtles' 1967 hit Happy Together, are seeking a minimum of $25,000 (GBP12,500) in damages - and have placed a maximum settlement figure of $70,000 (GBP35,000) on their complaint.