Published Oct 07, 2009Two days ago, Exclaim! informed you of a plagiarism accusation against Guns N' Roses by electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss. In the lawsuit, the German synth-diddler's labels claimed that portions of GN'R's latest album, Chinese Democracy, have been directly lifted from Schnauss's work without permission.
Well, representatives for GN'R have finally made their position known about the situation and as expected, they vehemently deny any sort of creative pilfering has happened. According to a statement made to Rolling Stone by band manager Irving Azoff, Guns N' Roses "vigorously contests these claims and intends to respond accordingly," adding the following:
"The band believed when the record came out and still believes that there are no unauthorized samples on the track. The snippets of 'ambient noise' in question were provided by a member of the album's production team who has assured us that these few seconds of sound were obtained legitimately. Artists these days can't read the minds of those they collaborate with and therefore are unfortunately vulnerable to claims like this one. While the band resents the implication that they would ever use another artist's work improperly and are assessing possible counterclaims, they are confident this situation will be satisfactorily resolved."
In a statement from Schnauss's lawyer Brian Caplan, he disagrees. Big surprise.
"The band and the record company are ultimately responsible for copyright infringement," Caplan said. "I can tell you that there is no paper trail authorizing the use of these songs and nobody from the plaintiff's side authorized the use of this song."
This will be interesting to witness. Probably more so than Chinese Democracy was to listen to, at least.