The Rolling Stones have been rolling for a long time, but today, the UK band are being sued for copyright infringement. This may not be the first time that The Rolling Stones have been sued within the copyright arena – at least publicly.
According to Yahoo, The Rolling Stones / Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are being sued for copyright infringement. This comes over the band’s 2020 track ‘Living In A Ghost Town’. A songwriter by the name of Sergio Garcia Fernandez, who performs under the name Angelslang, has made a claim that The Stones’ Jagger and Richards lifted elements of two of his songs from the year of our Good Lord, 2006 and 2007.
Fernandez claims Jagger and Richards “misappropriated many of the recognizable and key protected elements” of his songs ‘So Sorry‘ and ‘Seed Of God’. Fernandez alleges the “vocal melodies, the chord progressions, the drum beat patterns, the harmonica parts, the electric bass line parts, the tempos, and other key signatures” of ‘So Sorry’ were used by The Rolling Stones, as was the chord progression and melody from ‘Seed Of God’.
Fernandez claims that he gave a CD featuring demos of the tracks to an “immediate” family member of Jagger, who allegedly said the Rolling Stones would be interested in using elements of the tracks. “The immediate family member … confirmed receipt … to the plaintiff via e-mail, and expressed that the musical works of the plaintiff and its style was a sound The Rolling Stones would be interested in using,” Fernandez’s lawyers claimed in court documents filed in New Orleans, as per Billboard. The email was not reproduced by Fernandez’s lawyers.