Muse and their record label Warner Music Group have denied claims that the band’s 2009 album The Resistance infringed copyright. Earlier in the week it was revealed that songwriter Charles Bollfrass was suing the band, stating that he originally wrote a “cinematic science-fiction rock opera” titled Exogenesis back in 2005, with a similar storyline to the three-part piece that appeared on Muse’s 2009 album The Resistance.
Bollfrass plans on suing the band for around $3.5 million; however, Muse have issued an official statement describing the claim as “complete nonsense” and they deny ever hearing Bollfrass’ track.
Official statement from Muse/Warner Music Group:
The members of Muse have learned that a legal action has been commenced in the US against their record company, Warner Music, alleging that the band’s 2009 album, “The Resistance”, infringed copyright.
A spokesman for the band commented as follows:-
“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 3 years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations”.
Warner Music will aggressively defend this lawsuit, and the band is exploring what remedies may be available to them in the US in relation to these untrue and baseless allegations.
Here’s the piece in question: