Poison Rocked By Suit Over Allegedly Stolen Hits

Law360, New York (October 20, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT) -- Hair metal mainstays Poison, as well as EMI Music Marketing and EMI subsidiary Capitol Records Inc., were hit with a copyright suit Wednesday by a musician claiming four of the band’s hits directly copied works he co-wrote with Poison lead guitarist C.C. DeVille.

Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, members of the band Kid Rocker, claim that four of Poison's most popular songs — including glam-metal classic "Talk Dirty to Me" — copy portions of their copyrighted works.

“[Poison's] infringing acts were willful, deliberate, and committed with...
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Case Information

Case Title

McCarthy et al v. Johannesson et al

Case Number



Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit



Honorable Milton I. Shadur

Date Filed

October 19, 2011


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