Toby Keith Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed
November 29, 2007 at 7:43 AM (PT)
The copyright infringement lawsuit against SHOW DOG RECORDS recording artist TOBY KEITH has been dismissed.
The lawsuit, filed in late 2006 by singer/songwriter MICHAEL "McCLOUD" SNYDER against KEITH, co-writer SCOTTY EMERICK, his record label, distribution companies and publishing company, TOKECO TUNES claimed that SNYDER's song, "Tourist Town Bar," is strikingly similar to KEITH's 2003 hit, "I Love This Bar."
A statement released by KEITH stated: "It is an awful thing to be accused wrongfully of copyright infringement. It goes to the core of what you are as a man, a singer/songwriter and an artist. You know it is being done to you by some greedy low-life opportunist who just wants to get rich off you. In fact, MICHAEL SNYDER a/k/a MICHAEL McCLOUD, publicly bragged this lawsuit would make him a rich man, that I would buy him a comfortable life, retirement, house, car, 'big' boat, Harvard education for his children and other things. While he was talking, I was put in the terrible position of not being able to defend myself until the trial and I just could not wait for that day to come. I knew it would take no time at all for the case to be dismissed and it was, of course, with prejudice, which means: He had no case whatsoever."