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Led Zeppelin wins lawsuit!, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0


From: Consequence of Sound

Led Zeppelin win “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism lawsuit | Consequence of Sound

The longstanding copyright dispute regarding Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway to Heaven” has finally been resolved. After a day of deliberations, a jury in Los Angeles found that the band did not plagiarize Spirit’s song “Taurus”.The trial, which began back on June 14th, saw the attorneys representing the estate of Spirit founder Randy “California” Wolfe go head-to-head with Zeppelin, accusing them of lifting the Spirit song “Taurus”, which was written and recorded in 1967. In the time between then and the recording of “Stairway to Heaven” in 1971, Zeppelin toured with Spirit. Guitarist Jimmy Page acknowledged that Spirit may have influenced his writing of the song, but called accusations of plagiarism “ridiculous.”

Jury members had much to consider while determining their verdict, as Rolling Stone reports. The main attorney for California’s estate, Francis Malofiy, emphatically represented his plaintiff, telling the court, “This case is about copying. Give. Credit. Where. Credit. is Due.” He also called upon expert witnesses who supported presiding US District Judge R. Gary Klausner’s April findings, saying both “Taurus” and “Stairway” possess “substantial similarity…that is memorable and unique.”

Led Zeppelin win “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism lawsuit

Led Zeppelin win “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism lawsuit

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Posted by Chuck Gee - June 23, 2016 at 11:43 AM

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Five Finger Death Punch being sued by their own!, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

five-finger-death-punchRecord label! LOL It’s pretty bad enough when the fans think you your music stinks but when the label you are on is suing you for putting out crappy music? Whole different ballgame!

Here is the Story from TMZ:


Five Finger Death Punch is trying to crank out new songs before its lead singer ends up in rehab — or worse — but that haste is making for some really crappy music, according to their own record label.

Prospect Park filed a lawsuit against the heavy metal rockers, saying the band is “shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate.”

As we first reported, frontman Ivan Moody‘s estranged wife thinks he desperately needs rehab for alcohol because he’s having Jekyll and Hyde-like episodes.

In the suit, the label says 5FDP members admitted they were rushing the record before “Ivan does something stupid — dies — goes away to jail.

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Posted by Chuck Gee - April 26, 2016 at 5:40 AM

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Tom Petty’s statement concerning Sam Smith, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

This was posted on Tom Petty’s website this morning…I think Tom Petty is a straight up guy and this is pretty cool.


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  • About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam.  All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.  Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by.  Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement.  The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention.  And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself.  Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this.  A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all.


    Tom Petty

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Posted by Chuck Gee - January 29, 2015 at 8:36 AM

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Cheap Trick ex drummer lawsuit details, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

CHICAGO (Courthouse News Service) – Cheap Trick’s disaffected drummer and its former manager claim in court that the three other band members owe them hundreds of thousands of dollars in tour proceeds and unpaid loans.

David Frey, Silent Partner Management, Brad Carlson aka Bun Carlos and Cheap Trick Unlimited Inc., sued Richard Nielsen, Thomas Peterson and Robin Zander in Cook County Court.

“Plaintiffs Carlos and Frey are, respectively, the drummer and manager for the world-renowned rock band Cheap Trick,” the complaint begins. “Plaintiffs are forced to bring this action against the three defendants (who are the other members of the band) due to defendants’ outright refusal to account for, or pay, hundreds of thousands of dollars which are owed to each of the plaintiffs, or to otherwise comply with their obligations to plaintiffs.”

The lawsuit claims that according to consent agreements signed by all four members of the band, “Carlos is no longer required to participate in live performances by the band, but remains a full member of the band, and is entitled to ‘continue to receive all remuneration due to him under the [Cheap Trick Companies’] Agreements (including, without limitation, all remuneration that would have been paid to him had he fully performed at all of the Live Performances) without delay, penalty or offset.”

Carlos claims the other members of the band have failed to honor the agreement, and owe him hundreds of thousands of dollars “by, among other things, refusing to allow Carlos to participate in any of the activities of the band (including the recording of a new studio album), entering into numerous contracts on behalf of the Cheap Trick Companies without Carlos’s consent, and otherwise preventing Carlos from participating in the management and operations of the Cheap Trick Companies.”

In June 2012, the three other band members also “purported to terminate Frey as the band’s manager,” the complaint states. “However, pursuant to the terms of the unanimous consent agreement, this purported termination is null and void because Carlos did not consent to it. Further, at the time of this purported termination, the band owed Frey and SPM $160,000 in deferred compensation, which defendants have improperly refused to pay.”

Frey adds that “following a horrific accidentcheap_trick_617_409 in July 2011 which occurred while defendants were performing, Frey graciously advanced $362,996 of the band’s expenses with his own personal American Express credit card, in exchange for the defendants’ express agreement that they would pay this money back in installments. Initially, the defendants made several installment payments in partial satisfaction of the repayment agreement. However, after purporting to terminate Frey, defendants sent American Express a check on behalf of Frey which was drawn on insufficient funds, and was rejected by the bank. Following defendants’ transmission of this ‘bounced’ check, they have failed to make any further payment to American Express whatsoever, or to otherwise acknowledge their obligation to Frey under the terms of the repayment agreement. At the time they ceased complying with the repayment agreement, the amount of $71,790 remained due and owing on Frey’s American Express credit card. This wrongful conduct has forced Frey to personally make payments to American Express to satisfy the remaining balance of $71,790, and has caused serious harm to Frey’s credit rating.

“Notably, defendants have failed to provide any justification whatsoever for the wrongful actions which they have perpetrated against the plaintiffs – as these acts are plainly unjustifiable (not to mention unconscionable).

“Enough is enough. Defendants should be ordered, inter alia, to account for and pay plaintiffs all the money they are owed, and to compensate the Cheap Trick Companies for their acts of self-dealing and other corporate misfeasance. The Court should also enjoin defendants from further misuse of the trademarks and other assets of the Cheap Trick Companies, and grant other appropriate relief,” according to the complaint.

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Posted by Chuck Gee - July 23, 2013 at 6:56 AM

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New Queensryche Teaser less Geoff, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

What do you guys think? Of course the lawsuit is gearing up to be the battle of the century over the name and likeness…Both bands have albums and tours coming out around the same time too…



Posted by Chuck Gee - March 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

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