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Monday, 5 October 2009

Axl Rose sued over copyright abuses on Chinese Democracy


Having heard nothing from the GNR camp in a while, The Spaghetti Incident? brings news that GNR is being sued by the representatives of a German musician for copyright infringement. Apparently Axl has used snippets on the song Riad N' the Bedouins from Chinese Democracy.

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Two independent record labels have sued US rock band Guns N' Roses for $1 million, claiming the group used portions of two songs by a German musician on their last album Chinese Democracy.

Guns N' Roses and Universal Music Group's Interscope-Geffen A&M label were sued by British label Independiente and the US arm of Domino Recording Company, who own the licensing rights to songs by German electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss.

Singer Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses band members and album producers copied portions of two of Schnauss' songs - Wherever You Are and A Strangely Isolated Place - for a song used on the band's last album called Riad N' the Bedouins, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed on Friday but made available on Monday, seeks $1 million in damages. A spokesperson for Interscope-Geffen A&M, owned by Vivendi's Universal Music Group, was not available for comment.

Chinese Democracy, the band's first new album in 17 years that was released last November, resulted in disappointing sales.

Besides Rose, the only original member in the band, the other current and former band members named in the suit include guitarist Brian Carroll, better known as "Buckethead," bassist Tommy Stinson, and Robin Finck, who currently plays lead guitar with rock act Nine Inch Nails.

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