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This dude is a dumb ass for waiting this long.....


A former Reno man has filed a federal civil rights complaint in Reno asking the music artist Sting to pay him $3.5 billion in royalties for the songs "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle" claiming the songs were based on his life experiences.

Roy Daniel Clyde Smith, of Nampa, Idaho filed the breach of contract complaint last week against Gordon Matthew Sumner, whose professional name is Sting, who was also a member of the popular band The Police.

Sting's attorneys in court papers denies Smith's claims, and say that according to his management records, neither he nor his drummer Stewart Copeland, who is also named in the complaint, were in Reno when Smith said he met them in 1977 or 1978.

Smith claimed he met Sting and Copeland when he was a cook at Molly's Garden Restaurant inside Fitzgerald's Casino, that recently closed. He said he went to Sting's home on Locust Street and during the course of drinking beer and playing bumper pool, he told him about writing messages in a bottle and throwing them into the ocean so his mother could find him, and then his experiences with a prostitute named Roxanne. "When we parted company on Sunday about mid-day, you told me that if the two songs did any good that you would pay me royalties," Smith wrote Sting in a 2007 letter sent to his agent.

Contacted Monday morning Smith, who said he moved back to Reno, said he did not want to comment.
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Every parents with a child named "Roxanne" in the world should sue Sting for plagiarism.
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#9
What a idiot, he can't prove any of those claims.
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#10
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I see no illegality here. If he wrote the songs, or even said that he planned on writing songs about this stuff, then sure. Otherwise, no.

Even if he did take this from his stories, is he really stealing? It's an artist's job to draw inspiration from imagination or truth...it's not as if this drunkard wrote the songs himself.

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Every parents with a child named "Roxanne" in the world should sue Sting for plagiarism.


Or Sting can sue every parent who names their children "Roxanne" post 1978
#12
God should sue Dickey Betts for Blue Sky.
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Or Sting can sue every parent who names their children "Roxanne" post 1978


It's time for the CHEWBACCA DEFENSE.
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#14
I don't understand...

The statute of limitations on a 'Breach of Contract' action is 10 years. This period is the time in which a plaintiff can bring a suit. Past this period, the action is said to have run the statute of limitations, which can be read as "claim has died; too late to file suit." 'Roxanne' was recorded and released in 1978, and 'Message in a Bottle' was recorded and released in 1979.

Even if we assume that there -was- a valid contract for the intellectual property, and if The Police wrote, recorded, and released 'Roxanne' immediately after meeting with Smith and contracting to use his stories as the bases for their songs (so the breach occurred in 1978 and in 1979), the limitations period would have run in 1989 at the latest.

How, in 2009, did Smith even find a lawyer to file this?

One answer could be that for matters of intellectual property, the limitations period is much longer (conceivably 30 yrs). I don't know, though.
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#15
Eh roxanne is a who.re c'mon sting calls her one and she's taking these guys for a joy ride..wait what's this about?
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#18
"Hi i would like to sue this artist for using MY life story in 2 of his songs. They just happen to be his two most popular songs, therefore they made the most revenue. Why now you ask? i wanted to wait until they made enough money I just heard those songs for the first time yesterday."

I love dumbass cases.
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Sting really can't stand losing this.


lololololol


He'll tell the guy in court "Don't Stand So Close To Me"
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Can we get a source on this?


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^ Yes, and I'm Sendin' out an S.O.S
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Message in a bottle... To the lawyer's office
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I don't understand...

The statute of limitations on a 'Breach of Contract' action is 10 years. This period is the time in which a plaintiff can bring a suit. Past this period, the action is said to have run the statute of limitations, which can be read as "claim has died; too late to file suit." 'Roxanne' was recorded and released in 1978, and 'Message in a Bottle' was recorded and released in 1979.

Even if we assume that there -was- a valid contract for the intellectual property, and if The Police wrote, recorded, and released 'Roxanne' immediately after meeting with Smith and contracting to use his stories as the bases for their songs (so the breach occurred in 1978 and in 1979), the limitations period would have run in 1989 at the latest.

How, in 2009, did Smith even find a lawyer to file this?

One answer could be that for matters of intellectual property, the limitations period is much longer (conceivably 30 yrs). I don't know, though.


Your brain's exceed the intelligence level of the pit. lol jk but does a verbal aggrement constitute a breach of contract. I think it would probably fall under the statute of limitations for intelectual property. But you're the law student, I'm just the teenager of two lawyers.
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Lawsuit guy. Some people go to court without even thinking it through. Although I guess he is trying to annoy Sting enough that he'll get some money from a out of court settlement.
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#34
Lawsuits are starting to become the most cliched and pointless thing ever, especially in the music industry...

3.5 Billion is a bit over the top too... Who has a life story worth that much, even if it was supposedly made into two songs?
#35
He also tried suing his employer here in Idaho a couple years ago for workers comp case on an old injury and lost. The Doctor didn't even want to do his surgery because of "his mental state" and he is diagnosed as schizophrenic!! That's why I am confused why they performed a lie detector test on him?!?!?! People with schizophrenia are notliving in reality, so of course he would pass that lie detector test, in his mind it happened! ! I believe this case is still going on, poor Sting.
#36
MMmm, das some damn good necro going on here.
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#39
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Uh oh looks like Sting may need too send out an S.O.S.


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I get it, cause of that song he did.
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#40
I heard rumors that the estate of Herman Melville wants to sue Led Zeppelin for the song "Moby Dick" and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien is suing for "Misty Mountain Hop".

Seriously when has anyone deserved royalties for a story unless they were sitting in the room and helped write part of the song? Especially one about putting message in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean. I lived near the shore for many years and did that a few times myself with my address in it. Never heard anything from anybody but maybe I deserve a piece of the royalties.
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