Denying that they ripped off songwriter Charles Bollfrass' idea for 'Exogenesis' song suite, the Devon trio insists, 'The claim is complete nonsense, and is categorically denied.'
Muse have defended themselves against the accusation that they ripped off a songwriter's idea for "Exogenesis" song suite. Denying the allegation made by Charles Bollfrass, the British rock band called the copyright infringement lawsuit a "complete nonsense."
In a statement released Tuesday, September 11, the Matthew Bellamy-fronted band stated, "The claim is complete nonsense, and is categorically denied." They insisted, "It appears to be based on a 'screenplay' which the band never received or saw, produced by someone the band has never heard of."
"It speaks volumes that the album in question was released a full three years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations," they added. Warner Music supported the band as claiming it "will aggressively defend this lawsuit and the band is exploring what remedies may be available to them in the U.S. in relation to these untrue and baseless allegations."
Previously, Bollfrass filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan, accusing Muse of stealing his "cinematic science-fiction rock opera" called "Exogenesis", which has the same title as the band's single from their 2009 album "The Resistance". Along with Warner Music, the Devon-based alternative band were slapped with a $3.5 million lawsuit in the case.
Bollfrass insisted that he contacted Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard as well as two other bands in 2005 with the idea to pen a sci-fi rock opera about space travel after the demise of Earth. Muse, according to Bollfrass, rejected the idea in the following year.
However, the trio allegedly decided to copy Bollfrass' idea for three songs in "The Resistance". They were "Exogenesis I", "Exogenesis II" and "Exogenesis III". Accusing Muse of doing an unfair trade practices and unfair competition, Bollfrass also claimed that the cover of the album has an image which was stolen from the storyboards of his rock opera.
Muse will release their sixth album "The 2nd Law" in the U.S. on October 2.