Rock star fights song 'pirates'

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The Independent Online
THE ROCK musician Bruce Springsteen launched a High Court action yesterday to block a British record company from allegedly pirating a back-catalogue of previously unreleased songs.

He is seeking damages from Middlesex-based Masquerade Music, which is trying to release an album of songs he recorded 26 years ago. He is also seeking an order stopping it copying any songs on the album. And he is trying to stop Masquerade selling the recordings

Springsteen, swapping trademark jeans and T-shirt for a suit, said the High Court was "fascinating".

His counsel, Nigel Davies QC, told Mr Justice Ferris that Springsteen "has an enormous following throughout the world and has had for 20 years". Early recordings done before he became famous were valuable because of that following.

Springsteen owns the copyright to the songs and is taking legal action because Masquerade is allegedly seeking to assert rights and control without his permission.