A US-based songwriter is suing Warner Music for $3.5m, claiming that the label’s act Muse ripped off his sci-fi rock opera for their track Exogenesis.
Charles Bollfrass told a federal Manhattan court last week that he contacted Muse in 2005 amongst other artists to compose the score for his own track ‘Exogenesis’, described as a "cinematic science-fiction rock opera".
The themed of Bollfrass’s song was said to be about space travel after the demise of the planet earth.
Muse’s three-part Exogenesis symphony appears on 2009 Warner-released album The Resistance.
Bollfrass’s complaint says that Muse’s song tells the story of humanity's impending doom, and the exploration of space to spread human life to new planets.
The album liner notes state: "It 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.
"Part 1 is a jaded acceptance that civilization will end. Part 2 is a desperate hope that sending the astronauts to find and populate other planets will be successful alongside the recognition that this is the last hope. Finally, Part 3 is when the astronauts realize that it is just one big cycle, and recognize that unless humanity can change it will happen all over again."
Bollfrass also claims the cover of The Resistance has an image that the band stole from the storyboards of his rock opera. He is suing Warner Music Group for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices and unfair competition.