Singer Michael Jackson is being sued for breach of contract by an inventor who claims the superstar owes him up to $22 million for use of a patented sound system on the blockbuster album, "BAD."
Hugo Zuccarelli charges that Jackson used his recording system, called Holophonics, on the first 2 million copies of the album and refused to pay royalties.Zuccarelli also alleged that Jackson abandoned the recording system in subsequent copies of the album, which sold 20 million copies, but did not indicate the change on the album cover.
Zuccarelli's business was hurt because potential clients who heard the later copies recorded with "inferior" or "outdated" systems believed they were listening to Holophonics, the lawsuit alleged.
The suit names Jackson, MJJ Productions Inc., Quincy Jones Productions Inc., CBS and Epic Records, synthesizer player Christopher Currell and sound engineer Bruce Swedien.
Jackson's spokesman Lee Solters said he had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment. No one at MJJ Productions was available for comment, a receptionist said.
There was no Los Angeles or Bel-Air listing for Quincy Jones Productions Inc. A spokesman at Epic Rec-ords said the company had not been served with documents and could not comment.
An after-hours message left at CBS Records in New York was not returned. There were no Los Angeles business or home telephone listings for Currell or Swedien.
Attorney Theodore H. Cox, who represents Zuccarelli, said the Los Angeles inventor patented the three-dimensional sound system in 1987, the year "BAD" was released.