Over ‘American Idiot’ album
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’.