Chick-fil-A, ESPN Sued Over Music In TV Commercial

By Ryan Boysen (April 11, 2018, 3:27 PM EDT) -- Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. were hit with a copyright suit in Texas federal court Tuesday for allegedly stealing a song from a little-known Dallas rock band to accompany two commercials featuring sports anchors and the fast-food chain's mischievous cow mascots.

Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc. claims that the background music on the cross-promotional commercials was actually "Best I Had" by Drayter, a band the plaintiff represents.

In its complaint, Platinum Jack says ESPN and Chick-fil-A "reproduced, synchronized, distributed and/or publicly performed … a substantial portion of the infringed composition without plaintiff's authorization in a televised commercial advertisement."

"Defendants do not have...

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