Ray Charles’ Children Win Copyright Dispute with the Ray Charles Foundation

Ray Charles' children are victorious after battling the Ray Charles Foundation over the ownership of sixty of the late legendary singer's most acclaimed compositions. U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins ruled in favor of the children on the dispute. The judge threw out several claims by the singer's foundation based on the Copyright Act of 1976.

In addition, Judge Collins hit the foundation with a breach of contract over covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The foundation claimed the children of Ray Charles executed an agreement for $500,000 per child in which they waived "any right to make a claim against his estate."

Ray Charles last major appearance was on April 30, 2004, at the dedication of his music studio as a historic landmark in the city of Los Angeles. He died on June 10, 2004 as a result of liver failure.


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