Your friend, if he had nothing to do with the company, and was promised nothing for his efforts, has no claim.
That fact should be reflected on the books of the corporation and in its tax returns filed since its inception.
If the corporation has properly protected its intellectual property there should be no issues, although it do not know how the corporation would have gained rights to his songs or shouts.
Again, as I have for the last few years, I recommend you seek counsel. Things appear to be getting more complicated and therefore will be more expensive to fix if the issues are not prevented.
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Attorney Brennan has given you an excellent answer. I would suggest that you follow his advice.
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I agree with John. Best of luck - Reese Serra
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