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Nickelback Faces Accusations of Song-Theft

Nickelback have failed to have a song-theft lawsuit that was filed against them dismissed. However, the judge overseeing the case has recommended the removal of Live Nation as a co-defendant.

The judge said dismissal wasn’t justified at this point because it was “possible” that a jury would agree that there are sufficient similarities between the band’s song ‘Rockstar’ and an earlier song called ‘Rock Star’ to constitute copyright infringement.

Kirk Johnston, vocalist with the band Snowblind Revival, sued last year, claiming that Nickelback had ripped off his song when they wrote their ‘Rockstar’. As well as suing Nickelback, he also named as co-defendants music publisher Warner Chappell and live music giant Live Nation – which, you might remember, signed a mega-bucks deal with the band covered recordings and merch as well as touring all the way back in 2008, three years after ‘Rockstar’ was released.

Read the source article at Complete Music Update

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