VP in legal battle

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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CLIVE Chin - son of late VP Records owner Vincent Chin -- has filed a lawsuit against his step-mother, Patricia, over the ownership of songs he wrote.

According to an article posted on the New York Post website, Chin, 60, filed the federal lawsuit in Brooklyn, New York.

Chin is contenting that his late father's Queens-based VP Music Group has been licensing more than 1,100 songs, written by him and recorded by artistes, without permission.

He is seeking US$3 million from his stepmother and three music companies he claims knowingly tried to scam him.

Patricia claims the copyrights to the music were part of the "marital estate" left by her husband.

Clive Chin has worked with major players in the reggae/dancehall industry including the Wailers, Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru and Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

His first major commercial success was Java, an international hit by Augustus Pablo. He also produced Pablo's debut album, This is Augustos Pablo.

He had further local hits with Dennis Brown's Cheater, and Junior Byles' King of Babylon. Other hits include Carl Malcolm's Miss Wire Waist and Fattie Bum Bum, which, with the help of Jonathan King, became a UK chart hit in 1975, reaching number 8.

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