LONDON — WEA's legal tussle over rights to Elvis Costello product has been resolved with the conclusion of a new agreement between the major and F-Beat Records, Costello's new record company.
The case had reached the High Court, with Radarscope, trading name of WEA's Radar label, attempting to consolidate its ex parte injunction preventing manufacture or sale of Costello records via any label other than Radar.
Named in the writ issued by Radarscope were Riviera Global Record Productions, Jake Riviera, Elvis Costello, Andrew Lauder and, in its capacity as manufacturer of the disks, CBS.
Riviera is manager of both Costello and fellow artist Nick Lowe, and Lauder, with ex-United Artists managing director Martin Davis, was founder of Radar, though his involvement with the label ended when it was totally acquired by WEA (Billboard, Jan. 5, 1980).
Now it is Riviera and Lauder who are jointly responsible for the new company F-Beat, to which Costello is currently the only artist signed.
Neither party in the dispute is keen to go into details now it's over, but it's understood F-Beat's deal with WEA is for pressing and distribution only.