George Clinton’s Song Copyrights Seized In Tax Judgement

Clinton failed to pay his lawyers for three years of work, so he's losing the rights to some of his music.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


It's a sad day when the master of funk himself George Clinton has to part ways with the rights to his own music in order to keep the tax man at bay. 

The legendary musician has no choice but to hand over the copyrights to four of his songs in order to pay off over $1 million in debt that he owes his former lawyers at Hendricks & Lewis law firm, according to TMZ. During their association between 2005 and 2008, the representatives won a $1.5 million case against him in 2010 in regards to unpaid fees. Hendricks & Lewis executives claim Clinton has only repaid them $340,000, and a federal judge has ordered that the copyrights tf Clinton's work be handed to the law firm in lieu of payment. Once the debt is paid, copyright ownership will reportedly return to Clinton.

The songs handed over were "Hardcore Jollies," "The Electric Spanking of War Babies," "Uncle Jam Wants You" and "One Nation Under A Groove." It's a damn shame.