French musician says punk impresario plagiarised

9th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

ANGERS, France, Sept 8 (AFP) - Malcolm McLaren, former manager of the punk group the Sex Pistols, was accused of plagiarism Thursday for allegedly copying the work of a French musician for the song 'About her' which appears on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill 2'.

ANGERS, France, Sept 8 (AFP) - Malcolm McLaren, former manager of the punk group the Sex Pistols, was accused of plagiarism Thursday for allegedly copying the work of a French musician for the song 'About her' which appears on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill 2'.

A court in the central town of Angers heard evidence from the musician, known as Lancelot, who said that in 2002 he sent McLaren a tape of his song "Smith Ballade" as part of a planned album project that failed to get off the ground.

"A friend told me that the (Kill Bill 2) soundtrack was really like one of my songs. So I bought the CD and what I heard was exactly my song," Lancelot said.

McLaren's song 'About her' is an electronic mix including samples of songs by the 1960s group the Zombies and the blues singer Bessie Smith. Lancelot said that his original version included the same songs and the same arrangement.

McLaren was not represented in court.

The French Society of Music Writers, Composers and Editors (SACEM) examined the two works and said they were near identical, Lancelot's lawyer Antoine Beguin said.

"It is the same beat, the same tonalities, the same piano sounds," he said.

The lawyer demanded EUR 100,000 in damages, the surrender of the song's copyright as well as an accountant's report into the amount of money McLaren made from the work.

A decision is expected on September 22.

The 59 year-old British impresario came to international fame in 1976 with the emergence of the Sex Pistols, and went on to develop other groups including Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow. Over the last 20 years he has pursued a number of musical projects, but with mixed success.

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