Beck Sues Label For Copyright Infringement

It appears that the contractual and creative dispute between Beck and Geffen Records will be settled in a courtroom, as the quirky rocker has filed another lawsuit against the label, this time alleging copyright infringement.

Lawyers for Beck filed the action earlier this week in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, and in it Beck claims that Geffen released his 1998 album "Mutations" without his permission and has yet to pay him royalties for the record. Beck had originally intended to release the album via his indie label, Bong Load Records (see "Beck Lines Up Tracks For 'Mutations'").

Geffen and Bong Load have both taken legal issue with Beck's attempt to invoke a California labor law limiting the number of years an artist can be signed to a contract, and last month both labels filed suits against the singer for breach of contract (see "Beck Battles Labels Over Business, Artistic Issues").

In related news, Beck performed material from "Mutations" during two shows this past weekend at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles but has refrained from touring extensively behind the album, aside from several one-off shows in Las Vegas and New York in January.