Vancouver-based industrial rockers Econoline Crush are suing their west coast colleagues Nickelback for copyright infringement.
Econoline claim Nickelback's "Figured You Out" from their 2003 The Long Road album "bears a substantial similarity" to their own song "All That You Are," from the band's platinum-selling 1997 album The Devil You Know in papers filed on Jan. 31 in the Central District California Court. Also listed amongst the defendants are Roadrunner Records, Warner-Chappell Music and EMI Canada, which used to have Econoline Crush on their domestic roster along with Nickelback.
The suit alleges the Kroeger group copped the Crush song "maliciously and willfully and with a conscious disregard" for EC's domestic hit single. Econonline are seeking "all damages permitted by Federal copyright law" including actual damages and defendants' profits, along with statutory and punitive damages.
To see a pdf of the court papers go here.
So does the Crush claim have any merit? Decide for yourself:
Nickelback's stripper anthem:
Econoline's alternative nation flashback: