Jimmy Page Being Sued For Copyright Infringement
Thu, 01 Jul 2010 09:09:56
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is being slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit over the band's famous "Dazed and Confused" track, which was released in 1969 on their self-titled record. Jake Holmes, who wrote a song with the same name in 1967, is suing Page, whom he claims discovered the song while touring as a member of the Yardbirds. While the 'Birds never recorded the song, Zep did. The song is credited to Page and has a separate copyright, something he never likes to discuss. Holmes is arguing that the song is his.
Given the statute , Holmes can only seek damages and royalties for the last three years, so he is asking for statutory damages of $150,000 for infringement, as well as actual damages and song profits. Since the song has appeared on two compilation albums, that figured can be upped significantly, to around $1 million in damages.
Page has yet to respond to the suit. Holmes is coming forth rather late, but then again, wouldn't you if you suspected that there was money to be made? Do you think that Holmes claims are baseless?