POISON Members Sued For Stealing Songs?
Members of Poison, including frontman-turned-reality-TV-celebrity Bret Michaels, have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Eriq Gardner.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn’t over recently created work, but rather over old hits, including Talk Dirty To Me, I Won’t Forget You, Fallen Angel and Ride the Wind. The era of 1980s hair metal might be over, but has the statute of limitations run out on song theft alleged to have happened more than 20 years ago?
The plaintiffs in this new case are Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, who were members of a Chicago band known as Kid Rocker.
This band was formerly signed to Atlantic Records and is said to have been a favorite on the Hollywood club scene in the early-1980s. During those years, they created a number of songs, including Hit and Run and Wham Bam Slammin’ Romance, which are said to have later been incorporated by Poison in their own work.
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