Friday, 8 August 2014

Brad bites back at plagiarism claims

American Country star Brad Paisley has penned a witty ditty called 'High Life'  looking at a family of freeloaders' mission to live the high life - moving on from spending an undeserved inheritance to settling with a restaurant chain after Mama 'fell over' on ice outside their premises - and the on to filing a bogus copyright claim for plagiarism against a songwriter. 

"I heard a song a couple months ago/It was Carrie Underwood on the radio," Paisley sings. "Reminded me of a poem my brother wrote/Back in the second grade/Now I know she didn’t steal it, but so what?/We lawyered up and we sued her butt/These days we figure we’d pretty much/Get paid to go away." (bunch of lowlifes, living the high life .......)

It's a matter close to Grammy winner Brad's heart. Back in May of 2013, singer-songwriter Lizza Connor (real name: Amy Elizabeth Connor Bowen) filed a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit over the 2011 Paisley-Underwood chart topping duet "Remind Me." She claimed Paisley's co-writers on that song, Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois, had stolen lifted of their song from her at a 2007 songwriters' workshop, at which she performed a song she'd written called "Remind Me."  That case is proceeding after Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that songwriter Bowen had established a plausible claim of copyright infringement against performers Paisley, Underwood and songwriters Lovelace and  DuBoi.

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