Velvet Revolver have gone into a mediation room with recording company Universal Music. The band's single called "Dirty Little Things" is claimed to be copied from the melody and guitar riff of "Cyber Babe", a song belongs to one of the company's artists, named Tony Newton.
Tony says during a recent interview, "A couple of years back a mate of mine in LA called me to say he'd heard what he thought was my song on the radio, and that he had been a bit shocked when he realized it was Velvet Revolver. When I checked it out myself, ... it was basically the same riff." Tony has then called his label to seek information and then decided to leave the matter to the recording company. "I called my publishers to check whether they knew anything - which of course they didn't - and then basically left it with them," Tony explains.
There is no information about how the negotiation is made. However, both parties have already found the win-win solution that is needed to close down the case as the rock band have been settled to share their 20 percents of all the record's royalties since it has been released under their debut album "Contraband" in 2004.
Speaking of the deal, Tony states, "I never really expected to hear any more about it and was as surprised as anyone when I heard that Universal had settled with Velvet Revolver." Unfortunately, there is no available statement from Velvet's representative.