Apple named in lawsuit against singer Chris Daughtry

Jim Dalrymple
19 September, 2008
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Apple has been named in a lawsuit against former American Idol and rock singer Chris Daughtry.

Daughtry is being sued by Randy Mazick because Mazick alleges that the song “Feels Like Tonight” on the album “Daughtry” is a copy of Mazick’s own song called “Tonight.” The lawsuit says Mazick said his band, The Asphalt, first performed the song in 2005, ahead of Daughtry’s 2006 release.

The lawsuit names Apple as one of the defendants because Apple distributed the song on its iTunes Store. Mazick also named producer and songwriter Lukasz Gottwald, music publishing company Kasz Money Publishing, songwriter Martin Karl Sandberg, music publishing company Maratone, songwriter Sheppard Solomon, Bertelsmann Music Group, and RCA records.

Mazick is asking the court for damages and the defendant’s profits, as well as other monetary awards the court deems suitable.

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