(CN) - Soul singer Barbara Mason claims in court that a Pennsylvania music company licensed her 1965 hit "Yes, I'm Ready" without her consent even after a federal judge in New York deemed her the exclusive copyright holder to the tune in 2009.
Stilran Music wrongfully copyrighted the composition in 1965 and administered the song in its first copyright term, according to Mason's complaint in federal court in San Francisco. Mason, who wrote the song at age 17, renewed the copyright in her own name in 1993, according to the complaint, but Stilran allegedly still exploited the song, licensing it for use in TV shows including "Married ... With Children" and the movie "Jesus' Son."
She says her lawyer put Stilran on notice in 2006, and soon after discovered that Stilran, along with non-party Jamie Music Publishing, was suing Roc-A Fella Records for copyright infringement over alleged unauthorized use of the composition. She filed an intervention complaint related to the action and in 2009 she won a summary judgment deeming her the exclusive owner of the song.
However, Stilran has allegedly continued to license the song while still claiming partial ownership and has refused Mason's accounting and payment demands.
Mason is represented by Steven Ames Brown in San Francisco.