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Indie Musician Suing Twilight Studio

Filed under: Music MinuteLegal MattersTwilight

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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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