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Bruno Mars Sues

My Contract Bugs

the Hell Out of Me

8/30/2011 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bruno Mars is declaring war on his music publisher -- claiming the company refuses to let him out of his contract ... even though he has already delivered on his end of the bargain.

Mars has filed a lawsuit against Bug Music, Inc. -- claiming the company failed to pick up the option on his contract after he delivered an agreed upon number of songs.

In the documents, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Mars claims he turned in all of his music by  February -- at which point, Bug had a certain amount of time to exercise its option to continue the relationship with Mars.

Bruno claims Bug never got back to him ... so he considered the contract terminated.

According to the docs, the honchos at Bug believe Mars is wrong -- and insist he is still under a contract which gives them 50% of the copyrights of any music Bruno makes.  

Now, Mars says ... he needs a judge to issue a declaration that his contract is in fact over -- so he can move on with his career.

We called Bug for comment -- but they didn't want to talk.

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AnonyMouse    

I think you mean his "contract" bugs him.

1066 days ago
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AnonyMouse    

Nicely done.

1066 days ago
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blahblahblah    

You mean his CONTRACT bugs the hell of him?

1066 days ago
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Chef Jack Tripper    

Music just keeps getting worse. Bieber and this chachi both suck and so do their fans.

1066 days ago
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niles    

Wow, 50% of all earnings - that sucks. Sadly, though, up and coming artists seldom come out on top in fights with music companies. Even established stars tend to fade from view after taking them on. Remember George Michael?

1066 days ago
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en Todo Momento!!    

oh come on. who doesn't love a contract with the clause: 'and all garments worn by the artist must look and BE! second hand worn garments.'?

1066 days ago
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NellyLove88    

I hope everything works out, he is very talented.

1066 days ago
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b    

In the not to distant future year of 2012. No one in this galaxy or any other will know or care who Bruno Mars is. It is a fact. Take any wedding, bat mitzvah, birthday party you can. You won't be able to get a gig singing karaoke to your own lame song in 6 months. BYE BYE

1066 days ago
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Ishcabibble    

I really admire Bruno Mars and his amazing talent, he did one hell of a performance for Amy's tribute at the VMA's.
I am confident that he will win this case with his argument.

1066 days ago
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Ursula Andress    

Bug is a class act---doesn't sound like something they'd do.
And......who the hell is Bruno Mars?

1066 days ago
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jat nano    

BUG WHO?

1066 days ago
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heyyah    

oh but Bruno, what is stipulated in the contract? did the BUG fail to perform their obligation?

1066 days ago
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Ghost Rider    

As far as I know Nikki Sixx is the only person to ever successfully get out of his contract and have all the rights to the music. They own you Bruno, like it or not.

1066 days ago
14.

HillBullay    

i wat me sum bruso mars. he sins so gud. bruso yu can com ovar my hoose enytime.

1066 days ago
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JimmyCrapCorn    

Anyone stupid enough to sign away 50% of their copyrights needs to fire his manager, not his publisher. What a tool. Sounds like he was offered a HUGE advance by Bug and someone advised him to take, it knowing they'd pocket 25% of it.

And as far as I know, Bug's contracts automatically renew, unless you opt out within a specific time frame prior to the renewal date.

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