KID ROCK: Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Has No Merit

KID ROCK recently had a few choice words for those suing him for copyright infringement over his hit "Cowboy" (from 1998's multi-platinum selling Devil Without a Cause). "Honestly, the only thing I know about that at this point is [that there is] some attorney that buys rights to songs and tries to find lyrics that match other lyrics," ROCK told Rolling Stone. "It's a 1-800 ambulance chaser thing."

According to the suit, which was filed in United States District Court, Central District of California on April 17th, "Cowboy" borrows substantially from the 1989 song "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" by Brian Chatton, Nico Ramsden, Nick Richards, and Jeff Scopardi.

"The infringing composition contains substantial portions of the original composition and is a derivative work of the original composition. Defendant KID ROCK heard the original composition and played it in connection with his work as a disc jockey at various venues," explains the suit.

The publishing on Devil Without a Cause for "Cowboy" is credited to ROCK, and co-defendants Matthew Shafer, John Travis and James Trombly. Other parties, including his record label, are also named in the suit.

"There's a lot of things that seem to be wrong with America," ROCK said. "I think one good thing about Britain is that if you sue somebody, and you lose, you have to pay court costs. And [in the U.S.] is generally a system where people are just scratching each other's backs to get paid, and they do it on people like me, who have worked hard for ten, twelve years to have every single dime. Frankly, it pisses me off . . . I'd like to tell that attorney he can stick my dick in his mouth and choke on it. Because I think it's bullshit when I'm trying to take care of my son, and take care of my beautiful fiancee here [motions to Pamela Anderson], and do all the wonderful things that is the American dream. So fuck him, generally."


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