Kournikova Uses Indie Singer’s Music Without Permission
March 10. 2008
Tennis star and Miami resident Ana Kournikova and serial copyright infringers Lions Gate have been sued by an indie musician, Christopher Swann, for stealing his music for use in her DVD “A Date With Ana.” The case number is C-C08-1477A and was filed March 3, 2008 in California.
The indie musician stated in his lawsuit that he was contacted by them requesting to use his music, he didn’t like the terms and turned them down. They went behind his back and used his songs anyway.
Hey, what’s a silly little thing like civil and criminal copyright law to stop them, right. Hollywood acts like the U.S. Code, Copyright Law, The Lanham Act and United Nations laws don’t exist (unless you’re a file-sharer downloading their work, that is).
They pressed up many copies of the “A Date With Ana” DVD with his songs on it and shipped them all over the world for sale, which under the U.S. Code constitutes criminal copyright infringement.
Coincidentally, her most recent husband, fellow Miami resident Enrique Iglesias, has been sued as well for stealing music in a separate case that was brought by another indie musician. Must be a family thing with these two.
Editorial note 1: Lions Gate (Prince And Me) was a defendant in the Aisha v. Madonna lawsuit that is about to go international. So, I don’t doubt they did this. I’m not surprised at their arrogance, as they’ve been sued several times by different people for this very thing.
Editorial note 2: I met Kournikova once a few years ago. Her husband the hockey player, not the second one, the first one, Sergei, was nice to my friend and I, but she was very full of herself. We were surprised and he was embarrassed regarding her conduct.
Of the roughly 2 dozen celebrities I have met, she is the only one that acted like that. My friend said, “Who was that and what’s her problem.” I jokingly told my friend, “You don’t wanna to know,” then I told her and she still didn’t know (when it comes to tennis, if it’s not Venus or Serena, she doesn’t have a clue). On the contrary, my godbrother’s mom met Venus and Serena where she works in Palm Beach and she said they were very nice. You could learn from them, Ana.
“Songwriter Sues Anna Kournikova”
LOS ANGELES (CN) – Songwriter Christopher Swann sued Anna Kournikova and Lions Gate Entertainment in Federal Court on Monday, claiming they used two of his songs without permission on the DVD, “A Date With Anna.”
Swann says he recorded the album “Black Swann” in 1999, containing the two songs at issue, “If I Die” and “Only Your Eyes Can Tell.”
He says Mossberg contacted him in April 2003 and asked to use the tunes on the DVD, “A Date With Anna.” Swann says he refused, more than once, because of problems with the price and “other unacceptable clauses”. But he claims that in February 2006, he found the DVD in a San Diego video store, and that it contained 22 minutes of his copyrighted works.
He demands an accounting and punitive damages. He is represented by Lisa Cervantes of Santa Monica.
Enrique Iglesias Accused Of Copyright Infringement
(10/21/03, 4 p.m. ET) — Did Enrique Iglesias steal the musical composition for his hit song “Escape”? According to a recently filed federal lawsuit, the title track off his 2001 album is actually a revamped version of a song called “Remind Me.”
Henry Lorenzo Haynes claims he wrote and received the copyright for “Remind Me” in early 2001, and he says he brought the song to Iglesias and producer Steve Morales for their consideration. After presenting them the song, Haynes says he was banned from the studio. Haynes received no credit for his work on the song…http://music.yahoo.com
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