The complaint has The Temptations seeking millions of dollars in unpaid royalties on digital downloads. Universal Music Group is being sued in Federal Court of California, for millions of dollars in revenue.
The Temptations, who were the leading male vocal group of the 1960?s have claimed the sales count as licenses, which entitles them to half of the net receipts.
There are more than a dozen similar pending cases against record companies, with talent claiming greed. Musicians have high hopes for punishment against the companies attempting to keep money that is rightfully owed to the artists.
Universal Music Group is largest of the record labels, it?s believed to be responsible for over 80 percent of downloads in the U.S.
The Temptations complaint goes on to list out all of UMG's recording artists, including such superstars as James Brown, Eric Clapton, Guns N' Roses, Kiss, Nirvana, The Police and The Who.