The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163310 Message #3894824
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
20-Dec-17 - 04:07 AM
Thread Name: a moral dilemma
Subject: RE: a moral dilemma
Accept the payment and allow him to claim authorship.
But retain the paperwork in case he ever goes back on the deal.
The fact that you have a contract paying you 50% of the royalties will make it clear (if ever needed)that he was not the sole author.
Continue performing the song. You don't have to actually acknowledge John Smith as the composer. Do you usually? Or do you just say "This is a John Smith song", without saying whether it's one he wrote, or just one which is normally associated with his singing of it?