ROB ZOMBIE Settles Copyright Infringement Suit Against MAZDAJuly 12, 2002
ROB ZOMBIE settled his federal copyright infringement lawsuit against Mazda Motor of America over the use of music from his 1998 album Hellbilly Deluxe in a TV commercial, according to Hollywood.com. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
ZOMBIE alleged that Mazda and its advertising agency, W.B. Doner & Co., used the song "Demonoid Phenomenon'' from his triple-platinum album to create a series of commercials for the Mazda B-series truck without his approval.
The commercials ran on network and cable broadcasts from October 1999 to January 2000, after which ZOMBIE filed suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
The case was set to go to trial next week.
The singer said in April that he learned about the commercials from his fans.
"It's like (my policy is) 'I don't do this,' and then there's a car commercial running on television with my music,'' ZOMBIE said. "How do you explain to every kid that you didn't sell out and didn't do exactly what you said you weren't going to do?''
ROB added, "I don't want to play that song live and see the kids go 'Hey! It's the truck song!' Corporate America doesn't understand that some people actually have values about things. Everything isn't for sale.''
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