Toby Keith Cleared Off Infringement Case

November 30, 2007 09:17:10 GMT

The 2006 case of copyright infringement lawsuit by Michael McCloud against country singer Toby Keith was put to an end.


Toby Keith Cleared Off Infringement Case
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Country singer Toby Keith has been cleared off copyright infringement case. Singer/songwriter Michael McCloud's lawsuit against him was dismissed, according to reports.

In 2006, McCloud aka Michael Snyder claimed that Keith's 2003 song 'I Love This Bar' was too similar to his own 'Tourist Town Bar' song. Keith was determined to prove his innocence by defending himself that his piece was written with Scotty Emerick.

After the case was dismissed, Keith spoke lengthy of the case: "It is an awful thing to be accused wrongfully of copyright infringement. It goes to the core of what you are as a man, a singer/songwriter and an artist. You know it is being done to you by some greedy lowlife opportunist who just wants to get rich off you."

"In fact, Michael Snyder a/k/a Michael McCloud publicly bragged this lawsuit would make him a rich man, that I would buy him a comfortable life, retirement, house, car, 'big' boat, Harvard education for his children and other things."

"While he was talking, I was put in the terrible position of not being able to defend myself until the trial and I just could not wait for that day to come. I knew it would take no time at all for the case to be dismissed and it was, of course, with prejudice which means: He had no case whatsoever."

"I don't have a problem taking heat for my politics or my music. You can like my songs or not but they mean everything to me. I have always said that I may not always be a performer but I will always be a songwriter."

"So when this lawsuit was filed, it pissed me off. And no matter what it took, I was going to fight it. It was just too wrong. This guy can't sue me again for copyright infringement according to the judgment and I feel that maybe I landed a blow not only for myself, my reputation but for other artists as well. I hope so. As I said, the case was dismissed with prejudice. I didn't pay him or his lawyers a thing."

  • Toby Keith's 'I Love This Bar':


  • Michael McCloud's 'Tourist Town Bar':


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posted by ForReals on Jul 05, 2012
McCloud's song at LEAST influenced Keith's song. Seriously. And all that stuff McCloud said about getting rich off the ruling - You have to understand the guy and his humor and general attitude towards the world to understand that it wasn't said out of a need for money. It was said out of anger towards T. Keith for stealing his original, very much older, content.
posted by QuadConPana on May 09, 2012
I for one will go to my grave believing that Michael's song was certainly, at least, the inspiration for Mr. Keith's song whether intentional or not. Anyone who listens honestly to both songs will believe the same. Michael McCloud is more than an artist, he is a treasure.
posted by Doreen on Jun 04, 2009
Toby doesn't need steal music from any one, he has more talent on his worst day then this joker ever thought about.Songs don't sound anything alot.

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