Muse Dealing With Copyright Lawsuit
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:45:33
Brit rockers Muse have been hit with a copyright lawsuit from someone claiming to have written a rock opera that they borrowed from after he showed it to 'em.
Charles Bolfrass is taking action against the group, lead by Kate Hudson's baby daddy Matthew Bellamy, as well as executives at record label Warner Music. He claims three tracks on the band's 2009 album The Resistance were stolen from his rock opera of the same name.
Bolfrass claims he contacted the group in 2005 and introduced the idea of a concept album about space travel, but he says Muse nixed the idea at the time and to his face.
He filed papers in a New York federal court last week and is seeking $3.5 million in damages for copyright infringement, unfair trading practices and unfair competition. Bolfrass is also claiming that the cover art for the album features an image the band stole from the storyboards of his rock opera.
We doubt it.
Muse issued their response, which is below:
The members of Muse have learned that a legal action has been commenced in the U.S. against their record company, Warner Music, alleging that the band's 2009 album, The Resistance, infringed copyright.
A spokesman for the band commented as follows:
"The claim is complete nonsense, and is categorically denied. It appears to be based on a 'screenplay' which the band never received or saw, produced by someone the band has never heard of. It speaks volumes that the album in question was released a full three years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations."
Warner Music will aggressively defend this lawsuit, and the band is exploring what remedies may be available to them in the U.S. in relation to these untrue and baseless allegations."
Team Muse or Team Bolfrass?