“This could be a deciding factor when it comes to how transparent the music industry should be,” says the lawyer. Mr. Probz thinks he’s not the only artist he plays for. Petit confirms this, but also says that not everyone has the financial means to create a lawyer and an accountancy firm. “The reality is that many artists have no idea if the compensation they receive is reasonable.”
Petit is positive about Mr. Probz’s case. “From what I’ve read, they have a good reason. Grant Thornton’s studies reinforce this feeling. At the same time, Mr. Probz’s arguments are well known and we don’t yet know Sony’s defense.” Should the singer win the case, Petit expects many similar charges. “Then the fence is out of the dam.”
NU.nl asked Sony Music Entertainment for an answer. The company claims to “strongly contest” the allegations and awaits trial.