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Loretta Lynn sues to reclaim copyrights

Country singer signed away rights in 1996
/ Source: Billboard

Loretta Lynn has filed a lawsuit to regain copyrights to some of her biggest hits, including “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “You’re Looking at Country,” “Fist City” and her signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

The suit, filed in Tennessee’s Davidson County Chancery Court, seeks to void a 1966 contract Lynn signed with Nashville-based Sure-Fire Music.

When Lynn signed her writer’s deal, Grand Ole Opry stars the Wilburn Brothers owned the publishing company, which holds the rights to 114 songs written or co-written by the veteran country artist. But now that the Wilburns are deceased -- Doyle Wilburn died in 1982, and Teddy Wilburn died last November --Lynn is seeking to regain her copyrights.

“In the 1966 agreement, it was agreed upon by Sure-Fire and Loretta that, were there to be a change in ownership, the contract would become null and void,” says Lynn’s manager, Nancy Russell of Nashville-based Force Inc. “Both of (the Wilburns) are deceased. We’re looking to enforce what the agreement said.”

Since Teddy Wilburn’s death, his estate has been the subject of a family dispute in Probate Court in Nashville.