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11 July 2003
Has to go to court to get the millions from Lene Marlin
Source : VG
Cato Schitøtz, Lene Marlin’s lawyer, claims that the contact with Arne Svare expired July 10th., and says that if the manager diagrees he’ll just have to take it to court.

Lene Marlin’s new album, “Another Day”, has been more or less ready for a long time now, but the release has been postponed because of the serious conflict between Marlin and her manager.
But now it’s set that the album will be out on September the 22nd.

Marlin claims that the deal with Svare, that was time limited to five years, expired yesterday.
Svare, on the other hand, claims that the deal involves one more album after “Playing My Game”, which would mean a great deal of money for Svare, if Lene achieves the same success with this album as she did with the last one.

- Svare refers to the contract and calls for ‘extraordinary circumstances’, but it isn’t written anywhere in the contract that it must be lengthened, says Cato Schitøtz.

- What does ‘extraordinary circumstances’ mean?
- Don’t ask me. All I know is that Svare has to go to court with a lawsuit if he insist that the contract last for more that five years, says Schitøtz.

Svare doesn’t want to talk any further about it, nor tell who his lawyer is.
- This is work for the lawyers – I don’t want to comment on it, says Svare.

The conflict involves money, lots of money, and that is why the expire-date of the contract is so important.

- I can totally understand that Svare wants 25% of Lenes income on the new album, but he won’t get that, says Cato Schitøtz.

Sources VG have spoke to, indicate that Svare had to accept a lower %-share than usual with her first album.
Svare didn’t get anything of the prepayment on 14 million NOK from EMI Music Publishing.
He had to prove that he could handle the job as the manager with will to invest in Lene’s future in order to stay a part of her career.

This is probably what Svare refers to when he’s talking about extraordinary circumstances. In his opinion he passed the ‘training-period’ with the success that Lene had.

The question is how big input Svare had in this success, and if he can demand a large economical compensation. If so, this might end up in court to stop Lene’s new release. But Svare won’t comment if he’s considered that.

Translation by Nina of Mbuzz Forum


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