Nine Inch Nails Sued Over Six Songs
Musician Mark Nicholas Onofrio is suing Nine Inch Nails and Trent
Reznor for allegedly failing to credit him as the author and performer
of six Nine Inch Nails songs.
Onofrio claims in the suit that he submitted a copyrighted album titled
Elephant Man to Reznor in 1993, after Reznor responded to an e-mail
sent by Onofrio agreeing to listen to the album. Of the songs he
submitted, Onofrio claims that four sound "strikingly similar" to five of
the songs on NIN's album The Downward Spiral, and another one of
his songs sounds like the NIN song "Burn" off of the Reznor- produced
soundtrack Natural Born Killers. Both albums were released in 1994 on
nothing/ Interscope Records.
Onofrio states that his song "Voice" sounds similar to both "Closer"
and "Mr. Self- Destruct"; his song "Nothing" sounds like "March of
Pigs"; his song "Real" sounds like "Hurt"; his song "Dinner with Jeff"
sounds like "Downward Spiral"; and his song "This Hell" sounds similar
Onofrio filed the suit Monday (Aug. 18) in Los Angeles Central District
Court for damages for injunctive relief for copyright infringement and
unfair competition, and demands a trial by jury to pursue his claim.
TVT Records, nothing Records, Interscope Records, Warner Bros., and
the music publishing company Leaving Hope/ TVT Music are also
named as defendants.
By Tina Johnson
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