Published Oct 05, 2009If you thought Joe Satriani accusing Coldplay of plagiarism was strange, check this out: Gun N' Roses are being sued for $1 million for allegedly ripping off two tracks by German electro-shoegazer Ulrich Schnauss on their latest album Chinese Democracy.
According to a Reuters report, UK indie Independiente and the U.S. arm of Domino Domino, who both own the licensing rights to Schnauss's songs, are taking GN'R and Universal's Interscope-Geffen A&M label to court because Axl Rose allegedly copied portions of two Schnauss songs - "Wherever You Are" and "A Strangely Isolated Place" - on Chinese Democracy track "Riad N' the Bedouins."
Schnauss's "A Strangely Isolated Place" appeared on the 2003 album of the same name, while "Wherever You Are" was included on the bonus disc of 2001's Far Away Trains Passing By.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday (October 2) but was only made public today, saying that Domino and Independiente are seeking $1 million in damages.
As of yet, neither Schnauss nor anyone from the GN'R camp has commented.