I have a two-part question concerning copyright and
HiI have a two-part question concerning copyright and co-writer disagreement.Part One:I co-wrote a song a few years ago that was recently recorded by a well-known artist. I wrote the music and my co-writer wrote the lyrics. I also registered and obtained a copyright for the music I wrote back then soon after writing it.A record company released this song on the artist's album a month ago without prior mechanical license request from me.I found out a month before the release by my co-writer texting me the news that the song was being released. However, the record company never contacted me.Out of curiosity, I purchased the CD to read the credits and found that the song I co-wrote was listed as being written by the artist and my co-writer but no mention of myself in the credits. In fact all the songs had the artist as a co-writer. I actually know most of the other writers and know that this is incorrect information. This artist doesn't write songs or play an instrument at all.I contacted the record company to inquire about it and they told me that the artist never told them anything about my input in the project. I didn't hear anymore from the company for a few days so I reached out to them again and I was told they were trying to get in touch with the artist without any success.When I mentioned that I'd written the song with my co-writer and that I'd copy-written the music a long time ago they quickly offered to send me a mechanical license request form, which they did by email.I read and signed the license claiming 50% for my music as part of the song and sent it back to the company.Part TwoI then suddenly started getting texted by my co-writer's husband who is not an experienced writer, stating that he felt I was asking for too much by asking for 50% having only written the music. This began a back and forth between he and myself arguing this point for a while and ending up in disagreement with him stating the most they would offer me was 25%.I found this to be very strange since I had written music for this co-writer on a past project (for the same artist) and there was no problem with my receiving 50%. That's the standard that I always offer when I co-write with another writer.In the interim I received another mechanical license request from the record company as the one I'd previously signed had some typos and I guess they needed a new one but this time I did not sign it thinking I had better get some advise on this whole situation before proceeding any further.Anyway, all that being said, I was wondering what my options were in a case like this and what would your recommendations be?Thank you.
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