Poison Wins Battle In Suit Claiming It Ripped Off Songs

By Matthew Heller (April 8, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge indicated Monday she would substantially trim a musician's suit alleging the hair metal band Poison ripped off two of his copyrighted songs, tentatively ruling he can claim damages only for the three years before he filed suit in 2011.

U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow appeared to agree with Poison and EMI subsidiary Capitol Records Inc. that James Stonich, known professionally as Jimmy Vayne, waited too long to allege infringement from the Poison songs "Ride the Wind" and "Fallen Angel" dating back more than 20 years.

"It is totally implausible that plaintiff did not discover the alleged...

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