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Muse respond to rock opera rip off claims

By | Published on Thursday 13 September 2012


A spokesman for Muse has responded to that litigation being pursued by an American songwriter called Charles Bollfrass against their label Warner Music in relation to the band’s 2009 album ‘The Resistance’.

As previously reported, Bollfrass has claimed that the last three tracks on that album, a trilogy under the title of ‘Exogenesis’, were ripped off from a concept he had devised in 2005 for a rock opera of the same name. Bollfrass alleges that he approached Muse about them collaborating on the project, but that they declined the offer, and then used his ideas for ‘Exogenesis’.

Although the lawsuit doesn’t list Muse as defendants, the band have responded to the litigation. According to the NME, a rep says: “The claim is complete nonsense and is categorically denied. It appears to be based on a ‘screenplay’ which the band never received or saw, produced by someone the band has never heard of. It speaks volumes that the album in question was released a full three years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations”.

Warner Music has reportedly said it will “aggressively defend” itself in the legal action.