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19 Jul 2017 05:56 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Quincy Jones (Image Source: Canadian Film Centre via Wikimedia Commons)

When you think of Quincy Jones, the first thing that comes to mind is "producer." The second thing that comes up is Michael Jackson, as the careers of the two men were at one time tightly intertwined.

However, Quincy Jones is now suing Jackson's estate for unpaid royalties. But he's really only looking for more. He has been paid, to the tune of $18 million just since Jackson passed away. But Jones feels they owe him more.

Jones is suing Jackson's estate and Sony Music claiming that some of the songs he produced for Jackson — such as "Billie Jean," "Thriller," and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" —  were remixed purposely so that he couldn't receive royalties.

It's his understanding that his contracts give him the first option to re-edit or otherwise alter a song. Not being able to do that with some songs that have been re-released he believes is damaging to his reputation. He believes he is owed at least $30 million.

While he's due to take the stand most likely on Thursday, it was revealed by Sony vice president of royalty audits David Moro that while Jones is looking for unpaid royalties, he's already received nearly $18 million for other Jackson music just since 2009 when the King of Pop died.

Moro stated that the producer was mostly paid record royalties, not funds from a licensing agreement, and stated that a "joint venture" prevented him from receiving anything more.

"Mr. Jones is not a party to those agreements," he testified. "Mr. Jones has never been paid under those agreements."

Moro confirmed when asked about previous audits at the request of Jones that there have been "about six" from 1981 through 1989 and that there was a settlement that equaled between $200,000 and $300,000.

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