Q: My drummer of my band was recently removed and claims he owns rights to songs that haven't been recorded or released.
My drummer of less than 2 years claims he owns rights to music that I myself have written. Has he ever altered those tracks himself on his computer or been there when parts were conceived outside of drum parts? No. Did we have sessions where we sat together and worked out electronic drum parts on my computer that were later deleted? Yes. I myself and the guitar player are the sole songwriters. He has added nothing but drums to songs that later were replaced by my own written drum parts on the computer. He is threatening to take me to court to sue for partial ownership and rights of the songs that have not even been recorded or released outside of my home demos on my computer. Does this hold any ground in court and does he own any rights to them for just having spent time in the band and playing them for two years?
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