Court rules Madonna plagiarised Belgian's song
18 November 2005, BRUSSELS — Belgium's radio stations will be forced to stop playing Madonna's hit 1998 single 'Frozen' following a court ruling on Friday that the song was plagiarised.
18 November 2005
BRUSSELS — Belgium's radio stations will be forced to stop playing Madonna's hit 1998 single 'Frozen' following a court ruling on Friday that the song was plagiarised.
Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva won the case in Mons Court, where the judge ordered EMI, Sony, and Warner Music to get radio and television stations to stop playing the song.
The judge also ordered the three companies to get music stores across Belgium to stop selling not only the single but also the 'Ray of Light' album it appears on.
EMI, Sony, and Warner Music each face a fine of more than EUR 100,000 if they fail to obey the order within 15 days, Reuters reported.
"We tried to reach a friendly agreement ... but they didn't want to negotiate so I sued for plagiarism," Acquaviva's lawyer Victor-Vincent Dehin said.
He said he would try to negotiate a financial compensation deal with the companies and warned further legal action would be launched if they refused.
Dehin said EMI, Sony, and Warner had the right to appeal, but the office of the lawyer representing the companies, declined to comment.
Madonna's spokeswoman, Barbara Charone, was unable to comment either.
The judge ruled that Madonna had used four bars of Acquaviva's song 'Ma Vie Fout L'camp', loosely translated in English as 'My Life's Getting Nowhere'.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news