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Sony sued in Meat Loaf logo row
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Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 30 million copies
Sony Music must pay $5m (2.4m) to a small record company for missing its logo off Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album, a US court has ruled.

The decision comes after a court settlement in 1998 decided Sony should include the Cleveland International logo on future copies of the record.

But Sony failed to add the logo for more than a year afterwards.

Cleveland founder Steve Popovich said: "I worked too hard for them and made them too much money to get robbed now."

Sony claimed the logo omission was a mistake that was eventually corrected.

According to court documents, Sony claimed that Mr Popovich had fabricated the logo agreement.

In an original dispute over royalties from the album, Mr Popovich and his former partners were awarded $6.7m (3.2m) by Sony.

Bat Out of Hell, which was originally released in 1977, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, according to court records.



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