The queen of pop Madonna was sued in May by an unknown Belgian songwriter for plagiarizing one of his songs.
Salvatore Acquaviva claimed the artist stole from his 1993 song "Ma Vie Fout L'camp (My Life's Getting Nowhere)" to augment her 1998 hit "Frozen," off her album Ray of Light.
Acquaviva told Belgium's RTL TV in May. "I was in the bath. I was listening to the radio, and thought that's strange, I know that melody. I said it's not possible."
The judge ruled the EMI, Sony, and Warner Music not to play the song at the country's radio stations and to stop selling the single and the album, named Ray of Light
on which it appears.
If EMI, Sony, and Warner Music will keep playing the song, they will be finned with 100,000 euros each.
Acquaviva's lawyer, Victor-Vincent Dehin, told the Associated Press: "We tried to reach a friendly agreement... but they didn't want to negotiate so I sued for plagiarism. They have stolen a song, so they have to pay the value of the song."
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