Daisley is seeking $2 million in "unpaid royalty payments" from the 1980 song he co-wrote
Ozzy Osbourne has responded to the lawsuit launched by his former songwriting partner Bob Daisley, equating the legal action as being “tantamount to harassment.”
Daisley launched legal proceedings against Osbourne and his company Blizzard Music Limited yesterday (August 9), seeking $2 million in unpaid royalties from the 1980 song ‘Crazy Train’. Although credited as an Osbourne song, Daisley has a songwriting credit along with the late guitarist Randy Rhoads.
As reported by Blabbermouth, Osbourne has responded to the lawsuit today (August 10) through a statement issued through his representatives.
“For the past 36 years, Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totalling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed,” the statement reads. “Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the U.K. and the U.S. and has lost on each occasion.
“We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne’s success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings.”
Daisley’s recent complaint alleges that “although royalties have been paid to Daisley over the years, an audit conducted in 2014 showed that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before distributing royalties to Daisley and improperly withholding Daisley’s rightful share of royalties owed under the publishing agreements for the commercial exploitations of the songs.
“While Mr. Osbourne was benefiting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically short-changing Mr. Daisley,” said Daisley’s lawyer Alan Howard. “Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated.”
Daisley co-authored a number of songs on ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ (which ‘Crazy Train’ featured on), as well as Osbourne’s ‘Diary of a Madman’, ‘Bark at the Moon’, ‘The Ultimate Sin’, and ‘No Rest for the Wicked’. He also served as a bass player on ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’, before he was fired from Osbourne’s band after the recording of the latter.