Muse frontman Matt Bellamy; PC: Wikimedia Commons
As an artist, one of the worst accusations imaginable has got to be plagiarism. Sometimes, it can be a pretty obvious case of stealing material but then again, it’s not impossible for two unique artists to come up with similar songs completely on their own.Regardless of how these things happen, one thing’s for sure – the legal process that comes with copyright infringement claims can be very, VERY pricey.
How much exactly? How about asking Muse frontman Matt Bellamy who has just been formally accused by songwriter Charles Bolfrass for “ripping off” the idea for the electro rock band’s 2009 three-part song Exogenesis.
Bollfrass filed papers last week in Manhattan accusing Muse along with Warner Brothers of copyright infringement along with unfair trade practices and unfair competition. The lawsuit is looking to get a cool $3.5 million in reparations.
According to the legal documents, Bollfrass says he wrote a “cinematic science-fiction rock opera” called Exogenesis based on the end of the world and the spread of the human race across the universe in search for a new home.
Not only that, but he goes on to claim that in 2005, he approached Muse with the proposition of composing the score for him which the band declined a year later.
Back in 2009, their album The Resistance featured three tracks entitled Exogenesis I, Exogenesis II and Exogenesis III which is credited to frontman Bellamy as the songwriter.
Interestingly enough, the linear notes on the album state that the three part song “is a story of humanity coming to an end and everyone pinning their hopes on a group of astronauts who go out to explore space and spread humanity to another planet.
And in case that wasn’t enough, Bollfrass also claims that the cover artwork for The Resistance was stolen as it was based off an image from the storyboard of his rock opera.
It will be up to the judge to determine how convincing these claims actually are but based off of Bollfrass’ claims – which have yet to be corroborated – seems like he might have himself a case.
Muse and Warner Brothers have so far stayed quiet on the matter.