October 30, 2006 10:15

Green Day in court case

Over ‘American Idiot’ album

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Green Day have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over the title track of their massive-selling 2004 album 'American Idiot'.

Paul McPike from Oregon claimed he wrote the lyrics and melodies to the song in 1992.

He filed a two-page complaint in the US District Court. As evidence, he has submitted a copy of ’American Idiot’ and a claim that the words Green Day vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong sings on the album don’t match those printed in the liner notes.

McPike told Oregon’s Mail Tribune paper: “It was just disbelief every time I heard it on the radio.“

He claims that he has written several letters to the band and their label Warner Bros Records, but never received a reply to his allegations.

McPike is seeking an unspecified share of the profits from the 2004 album and the 2005 DVD/CD package ‘Bullet In A Bible’.

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