The classic Motown song “Money (That’s What I Want)” has generated millions of dollars in royalties since it was first recorded in 1959.
It’s appeared in countless movies, and been covered by John Lennon, Iggy Pop and Waylon Jennings among many others.
But a quirk of American copyright law may have cheated songwriter Barrett Strong out of most of it. (…)
“For 50 years, I had no idea about any of this,” Mr. Strong, 72, said in an interview here, in which he acknowledged his lack of business acumen…
Thank God parodies don’t count:
I just felt like posting this: