*Ray Charles Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the late singer’s son over a photo he chose for his recently-released book, “You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles.” [Pictured above.]
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Ray Charles Robinson, Jr. and Random House, begins “This is a straightforward action for copyright infringement,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Ray Jr. is being sued for the photo he put on the cover, as well as some of his father’s lyrics he included in the book.
The photo was allegedly taken by an employee of Ray Charles in 1965. The Foundation claims that the photo was a “work made for hire” and that it owns the copyright on the photo. The Foundation says it has sustained and will continue to sustain damage because the photo was published without permission.
The Foundation also alleges that the son included lyrics from “I Got A Woman,” “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” and “What Kind of Man Are You?” in the book.
Not included are details about how these lyrics were used. The foundation wants $150,000 per infringement. Random House says it hasn’t seen the lawsuit and can’t comment yet.
The Ray Charles Foundation was set up by the singer in 1986 to provide financial support of hearing disorders.