Warner Music Escapes Copyright Suit Over Muse Song

Law360, Los Angeles (April 2, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit against Warner Music Group Corp. brought by a screenwriter who accused the record company of publishing a song by rock band Muse that infringed his copyright, saying the song’s plot was too abstract to infringe.

The decision ends allegations that surfaced in August, when author Charles Barton Bollfrass sued Warner Music for copyright infringement and unfair trade practices. He had argued that Muse’s “Exogenesis: Symphony” was substantially similar to his screenplay, called “Panspermia/ExoGenesis,” because the...
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