Songwriter Won Plagiarism Case Against Madonna

A little-known Belgian songwriter won a plagiarism case against Madonna on Friday, leading a local court to ban her song "Frozen" from sale or broadca

Salvatore Acquaviva, a little-known Belgian songwriter, won a plagiarism case against pop superstar Madonna on Friday, resulting in the prohibition of the star's 1998 hit single "Frozen" from sale or broadcast in the country.

The case actually stemmed from a suit filed by Acquaviva, in which he alleged that Madonna's 1998 hit off the album "Ray of Light" plagiarized parts of his song, "Ma Vie Fout L'camp (My Life's Getting Nowhere)," which had been written five years earlier. Thus, the allegation is proven right.

And so in a court in the Belgian town of Mons, the judge ordered EMI, Sony, and Warner Music to get radio and television stations to stop playing the song. Moreover, the three companies also ordered to get music stores across Belgium to stop selling not only the single but also "Ray of Light," the album on which it appears.

Each of the company is facing a fine of more than 100,000 euros if they fail to obey the order within 15 days, so Acquaviva's lawyer explained.


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