Muse Responds To $3.5 Million Lawsuit Against Band

A Texas songwriter named Charles Bollfrass is suing the band Muse for $3.5 million after alleging that they ripped off his idea for a sci-fi opera album.

Bollfrass says in federal court in Manhattan that he wrote a "cinematic science-fiction rock opera" called "Exogenesis."
In 2005, Bollfrass says he contacted the Muse, and two other unnamed bands, to compose the score for "Exogenesis." The following year, Muse told him they were not interested in pursuing the project.

In 2009, Warner Music released Muse's album "The Resistance," which contained three sequential songs titled "Exogenesis I," "Exogenesis II" and "Exogenesis III."
The pieces were listed as having been written by Matthew Bellamy, the main songwriter for Muse.

Bollfrass also claims the cover of "The Resistance" has an image that the band stole from the storyboards of his rock opera and is suing Warner Music Group for copyright infringement, unfair trade practices and unfair competition. He seeks $3.5 million in damages.

On Tuesday, a representative for Muse issued a brief statement to ProGuitarNews.com regarding the matter. 

"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 3 years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations". 

Reps for Warner Music Group also informed ProGuitarNews.com that the label plans to "aggressively defend this lawsuit, and the band is exploring what remedies may be available to them in the US in relation to these untrue and baseless allegations."

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