Justin Moore Sued For Alleged Copyright Infringement
August 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM (PT)
The TENNESSEAN is reporting that BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP artist JUSTIN MOORE is being sued for copyright infringement over his single “Backwoods."
According to the lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. DISTRICT COURT for the Middle District of TENNESSEE, Songwriter BOBBY CARMICHAEL and LOUISIANA-based fiddle player BRITTON CURRY claim that their song has nearly identical lyrics, pitch and rhythm as MOORE’s tune.
The song was registered with the U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE in 2003 according to the federal lawsuit that is being handled on behalf of the plaintiffs by property lawyer RAMONA DESALVO. In 2005, CARMICHAEL and CURRY’s song was shopped to several major labels in NASHVILLE. A publisher at ISLAND BOUND “heard and/or secured” a copy of the song. That same publisher then teamed up with JUSTIN MOORE in 2008 to write the current song that appears on MOORE’s 2009 self-titled album.
A pre-trial discussion is scheduled in NASHVILLE on MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st. CARMICHAEL and CURRY are asking for $150,000 for each act of copyright infringement.
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