Comedian Richard Pryor has sued Universal Music Group for allegedly marketing and selling 11 of his recordings without a license.
Pryor's suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages for unfair competition, conversion, unjust enrichment, and other claims.
Representatives at Universal Music, the world's largest record company, said they had not seen the suit and could not comment.
According to the complaint, it took years for Pryor to realize that Universal Music was claiming to have licensed such titles as "Are You Serious?," "Wizard of Comedy," "Black Ben and the Blacksmith," "Richard Pryor," "I Ain't Lied Yet," and "Everything's Big."
Pryor now accuses the company of "reaping substantial profits from [the recordings] without ever having acquired any rights in such recordings."