Bon Jovi Sued

13 Oct 2008

Rockers facing legal action over plagiarism case

Rockers BON JOVI are being sued for a whopping US$400 billion after an American musician filed a lawsuit accusing the band of plagiarism.

In court documents filed on Thursday, Massachusetts-based musician Samuel Bartley Steele alleges the group of copied lyrics from his 2004 song (Man I Really) Love This Team - used as the anthem for his hometown's baseball team, The Red Sox.

Steele alleges the group's frontman Jon Bon Jovi heard the song while campaigning for US Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004, and used its lyrics to create his hit song I Love This Town - which was later used as a promotional track for Major League Baseball.

Steele calls the rocker's composition an "unauthorised derivative version" of his song in the federal suit, reports

In court documents reportedly obtained by the website, Steele adds, "As intent will be easy to prove, we are seeking the statutorily authorised amount of $100,000 per CD sold. Just under 4 million CDs have been sold to date. This totals almost UD$400 billion."