In news that’ll make you say, “What the funk?”, Parliament Funkadelic overlord George Clinton has been forced to hand over the copyrights to four songs in order to cover the debt owed to his former attorney. As TMZ reports, the Hendricks & Lewis law firm was awarded the trademarks to “One Nation Under A Groove”, “Hardcore Jollies”, “The Electric Spanking of War Babies”, “Uncle Jam Wants You” stemming from a 2010 court case.
The firm, who represented Clinton from 2005 to 2008, won the $1.5 million lawsuit after claiming Clinton had not paid any legal fees during his time as a client. New documents reveal that Clinton has only thus made payments equaling $344,000, and the copyrights for each song will remain with Hendricks & Lewis until the debt is recouped in-full. As the legal owners of each tune, the firm can sell or market the songs as they see fit.
Clinton has filed a motion to reverse the decision.