Muse have dismissed the $3.5 million (£2.2 million) lawsuit against them and their record label Warner Music from a man who claims that they “ripped off” their 2009 track ‘Exogenesis’ from his sci-fi rock opera of the same name, calling the lawsuit “complete nonsense”.
Charles Bolfrass filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan last week and has accused the band of stealing his “cinematic science-fiction rock opera” called ‘Exogenesis’, reports Courthouse News.
Bolfrass alleges that he contacted the Devon trio and two other bands in 2005 with the idea to write a sci-fi rock opera about space travel after the demise of the planet Earth.
He then says that Muse rejected his idea in the following year, but then alleges that the band chose to copy his idea on three tracks on their 2009 album ‘The Resistance’. The tracks are titled ‘Exogenesis I’, ‘Exogenesis II’ and ‘Exogenesis III.’
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 for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices and unfair competition.
However, a spokesperson for the band has totally dismissed the premise of the lawsuit, calling Bolfrass’ claims “complete nonsense”.
Speaking on behalf of the band, the spokesperson said: “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 three years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations.”
Muse release their new album ‘The 2nd Law’ on October 1 and will undertake a short UK arena tour in the same month.
The Devon trio will tour the UK in October, playing five shows. The gigs begin at Glasgow’s SECC on October 24, before the band move onto London’s O2 Arena for two shows on October 26 and 27. They then play Birmingham LG Arena on October 30 before finishing up at Manchester Arena on November 1.
They are also confirmed for the iTunes Festival and will headline London’s Roundhouse on September 30. You can watch the video for their new single ‘Madness’ below.