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Rolling Stones, Others Sued Over 'Saint Of Me'

May 5, 2000, 9:25 am PT

The Rolling Stones, Don Was, the Dust Brothers, and a host of other organizations associated with the aforementioned are the subject of a $1 million lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Thursday (May 4) over copyrights to "Saint of Me," a song which appears on the Stones' 1997 album, Bridges to Babylon.

Songwriters Mark Gaillard and Mary Anderson, the plaintiffs in the suit, are alleging that a song they originally wrote in 1979, entitled "Oh Yeah," (which later went through a verse facelift in 1992 and subsequently copyrighted in 1995) was recorded in 1996 at a Southern California recording studio. Allegedly present during that recording was John Bernard, the engineer for Bridges to Babylon. As a result, Gaillard and Anderson are claiming the Rolling Stones' song "Saint of Me" contains many of the same lyrics and music as their original composition.

The suit reads, in part, "Plaintiffs are informed and believe, and based thereon allege, that defendants, without authorization from plaintiffs, used the lyrics and music of the composition and incorporated same into 'Saint of Me.' Defendants infringed plaintiff's copyright by publishing and recording 'Saint of Me,' which was in large and pertinent part from the composition." Bridges to Babylon executive producer Don Was and collaborators the Dust Brothers were also named in the suit as well as Virgin Records and Capitol Records, among others.

Gaillard and Anderson are suing for declaratory relief, accounting, false designation or origin, unfair competition, and infringement of copyright.

-- Kevin Raub


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