Universal Music settles rock artists' US copyright lawsuit

A group of rock musicians who signed contracts with record labels now owned by Universal Music Group in the 1970s and 80s have settled a lawsuit against UMG over their attempts to reclaim their copyrights, according to a Wednesday filing in New York federal court.

UMG and the musicians, who include singer-songwriter Syd Straw and members of rock bands The Dickies and The Dream Syndicate, told the court that they had entered into a confidential settlement agreement and asked the court to dismiss the case.