Aretha Franklin smiles after the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
DETROIT (AP) -- A longtime songwriting partner is suing Aretha Franklin's publishing company over song royalties from her latest CD and copyright infringement.
The Detroit News reports Norman West of Lansing filed the civil suit in federal court in Detroit
The suit claims Springtime Publishing, Inc., failed to sign a royalty agreement for "Put It Back Together Again." The song is on Franklin's "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love" CD, which was released in May.
The suit also claims copyright infringement over an earlier song, "Watch My Back."
West wants Springtime Publishing to sign a royalty agreement and is seeking unspecified damages to ensure future royalties. West and Franklin have worked together on songs for more than 20 years.
The Associated Press left messages Saturday seeking comment from Franklin's attorney.