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Indie Musician Suing Twilight Studio

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We feel for the guy, but he should have known there is no messing with the Twilight franchise. Summit Entertainment very protective of their personal gold mine.

In 2002, an artist by the name of Matt Heart came onto the scene with his song Eternal Knight. This past November, Matt was invigorated to start promoting the song again and with some very bold choices, he managed to land his music on iTunes and Amazon and was even able to negotiate a deal to have his music played in movie theaters. Quite the self-starter.

However, trouble arose for Matt when he commissioned an artist to do the CD cover art for the song that ended up looking an awful lot like the moon and typeface used on the Twilight movie poster. Almost without warning, the Twi-studio, Summit, swooped in and had the guy's music pulled from iTunes and the like and put the kibosh on his deal with the movie theaters. Needless to say, Matt's not happy about that.

According to sources, Matt field a lawsuit yesterday against Summit, claiming that the studio "misrepresented its legal rights and that the song couldn't have infringed Twilight since it was written and copyrighted first." Reportedly, he wants at least $75,000 in damages.

Tread lightly, friend. Summit undoubtedly has a killer legal team, who probably don't think much of your lawsuit. Make sure you've got a lot of evidence to support your claims and that your lawyer isn't easily intimidated by sparkles.

[Image via WENN.]

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9 comments to “Indie Musician Suing Twilight Studio”

  1. 1

    twilight is a joke against every vampire book or movie ever created, vampires used to be badass now their evey teenaged girl dream guy?! LAME!!

  2. ONIT says – reply to this


    He's got a good point though. The image should have been in question not the music.

  3. Blunt says – reply to this


    i hope he wins, summit is a power hungry studio, umm hello youre not Paramount,Walt Disney or Universal lol

  4. @v@ says – reply to this


    Shocking heavy handedness from Goliath against this David.

  5. 5

    is she related to Terri Hatcher?

  6. 6

    So Perez, you are siding with the big guys, not the one who got robbed?

  7. esj says – reply to this


    Perez, I've been calling you out for your stupidity and hypocrisy and I will do it again. Obviously, this is a Davind-and-Goliath case, and you are siding with Goliath. I know it is a great obstacle to fight against this giant corporations which aims to monopolize and stump on the industry, but the poor little musician doesn't deserve your jabs. In fact, it is admirable for someone to stand up for what they believe is their right and fight for it.

  8. 8

    I hope this guys wins his case. Scummit has it coming.

  9. 9

    Really? Going after Summit Studios, not smart. There is a definite power there that will not be easily softened. Plus it's so typical and average for folks to try to pull that off for any little ole' reason that it's really pathetic. I don't think that major corporations should be allowed to eat as they please or anything of that nature but it's getting a little old hearing the same old story. Money is not the spice of life, music and art is by far more important as in it's raw creation. Once an artist decides that his music is no longer beautiful unless it is sitting on a gold mind is when things go sour. I travel a lot for work through Dish Network and have a pretty good eye on entertainment, it allows me to travel all over the place and experience many beautiful places. Although I'm not home as much as I;d like to be, when I am at home I'm sprawled out in my recliner in front of the big screen. I just recently had all my equipment upgraded to HD which is exactly what a movie buff like me really needs. It ended up being a sweet deal in that all the equipment was free and I was given HD free for life no questions asked. For the movies to really come alive HD is a necessity that if affordable should be part of any movie buff's home theater system; giant flat screen doesn't hurt either. I'm anxious for the next installment to come out and I hope I'm blown away.