An Australian advertising firm is learning the hard way not to mess with the [lastfm]Foo Fighters[/lastfm].
The band has filed suit against RE/MAX Australia for alleged copyright infringement. The group believes that an ad produced by the firm uses a re-recorded rendition of the guitar riff from the group’s 1999 single “Learn to Fly.”
Commenting on the allegation, RE/MAX Regional Director Nicholas Thiele told TheAge.com.au that, “It’s certainly not the position of this company to intentionally infringe on anyone’s copyright. We’ve got very strong trademark and copyright issues regarding our own brand that we feel are very important.”
Formally, the lawsuit makes claims that the ad firm “incorporate a musical composition . . . that reproduces a substantial part” of the Foo’s composition. The case is scheduled to commence later this summer.
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