Disney settles Lion song dispute
BBC 2/16/06

Disney settles Lion song dispute

The family of the composer of The Lion Sleeps Tonight have dropped a case against Disney after accepting an undisclosed settlement.

The relatives of South African Solomon Linda, who wrote the original Zulu tune, settled with the US owners of the copyright who had loaned it to Disney.

The dispute over royalties arose when the song was used in The Lion King.

Linda, who died in poverty in 1962, composed the song in 1939 and recorded it with The Evening Birds.

His family contested that Disney was liable to pay almost £1m for using the song, which was used in The Lion King film and stage musical.
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