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Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

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  • Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

    Man seeks credit for entire Green Day CD

    MEDFORD, Ore., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- An Oregon man is pressing his claim that he wrote not one but all of the songs on Green Day's Grammy-winning "American Idiot" album.

    Paul McPike, 32, Medford, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week alleging that he composed the lyrics and the music for "American Idiot" in 1992 -- more than 10 years before it became a best-seller and won the Grammy for best album in 2005.

    A federal magistrate recommended dismissing the case, the Medford Mail Tribune reported, but left the door open for a re-filing of the case.
    McPike is representing himself and told the newspaper he planned to resubmit the case after further research of copyright law.

    McPike contends he sang all of the "American Idiot" tunes in 1992 for his classmates at a California alternative high school.
    http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.ph...6-120005-2237r
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

    It sucks that Green Day has to deal with these types of people.

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      Re: Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

      It never ceases to amaze or end...

      Bono testifies against U2's ex-stylist

      Posted 10/17/2006 7:13 PM ET

      By Julien Behal, AP
      U2 frontman Bono leaves Dublin High Court after testifying against the
      band's former stylist who is accused of stealing and selling the group's memorabilia.
      [/quote]
      http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/...estifies_x.htm

      U2 wins lawsuit over band memorabilia

      Posted 11/15/2006 10:06 AM ET

      An Irish court ruled in U2's favor over items taken
      by a stylist formerly in their employ.

      Inside the Zoo With U2: My Life With the World's Biggest Rock Band.

      During her 2005 testimony, Cashman claimed that Bono had handed over the Stetson and other items while dancing about in his underwear backstage following a concert in Phoenix.
      http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/n...-lawsuit_x.htm
      Last edited by ALIASd; 11-15-2006, 08:58 AM.
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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        Re: Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

        Is this guy lieing, does he just want money? :lol:

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        • #5
          Re: Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

          He's representing himself. That says more than anything.

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          • #6
            Re: Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

            ^ What do you mean by representing?

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              Re: Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

              Originally posted by barfownz View Post
              ^ What do you mean by representing?
              He means that he has no lawyer, so he is representing himself in court.

              I agree. That guy is just looking for money and perhaps 15 minutes of fame.

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                Re: Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

                So typical. Something becomes popular and these weirdos come out of the woodwork saying it was their idea. They just want money. Greedy bastards.

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                  Re: Another "American Idiot"? Say it ain't so Billie Joe!

                  10/25/06, 5:30 pm EST
                  By Elizabeth Goodman
                  Rolling Stone
                  Grocery Store Clerk Seeks Restitution From Green Day


                  Paul McPike, a ski resort employee now working as a grocery store clerk filed a copyright infringement complaint last week, alleging that Green Day stole the entirety of American Idiot from a collection of songs McPike wrote in high school in 1992. His evidence? A copy of Green Day’s album and his damning observation that Billie Joe does not sing the exact same words as the lyrics printed on the CD insert. Obviously Armstrong has problems remembering the words because he did not write them.

                  In a cruel move, a judge dismissed the case, but kept the possibility of justice alive by suggesting that McPike could further research his claim and resubmit it. This is exactly what McPike plans to do, spurred on in his quest by mystery evidence he has yet to disclose. What we do know is that McPike has been writing and recording songs for fun since he was a teenager and it’s likely one of his buddies, recognizing a singular talent in their friend, bootlegged one of McPike’s performances and passed the recording along to Green Day.

                  So why hasn’t McPike come forward during one of the approximately 764 days since American Idiot was released? Well he was in shock, obviously. “It was just disbelief every time I heard it on the radio,” McPike reportedly said. McPike wrote a bunch of letters to Warner Bros. and to the band but never heard back, so he was forced to take his claim to the law, where he is seeking an unspecified share (ie: s**tloads) of the proceeds from American Idiot and their new DVD Bullet in a Bible.
                  http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdail...rom-green-day/
                  "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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