Los Angeles Lakers accused of song piracy, sued for using ‘Charge’ song
A man is suing the Los Angeles Lakers because he claims they are using a song he invented — which many of us have come to know as the “Charge” song commonly played in arenas — without his consent and without the team properly compensating him. Well, I don’t know what to make of this one, so here’s TMZ:
Bobby Kent claims he concocted the chant in 1980, while he was working as a musical director for the San Diego Chargers.
Kent says he liked it so much, he immediately registered the copyright for the song.
Kent claims when he realized the Lakers were using his tune at its games, he contacted management in 2010 and they paid him $3,000 for a one-year license.
That license, Kent says, has expired, but the beat goes on … and he’s pissed enough to sue.
Kent is asking for $150,000 for every time the Lakers used the song since the license allegedly expired.
Wait. What? He’s asking for 150 big ones for every time they’ve played since the agreement between the parties expired? And who says frivolous lawsuits have gotten out of hand in this country.
In the article, TMZ — not that it was necessary — goes on to provide evidence that the tune that Kent claims he wrote was used far before 1980. Now, I’m no lawyer, so it goes without saying that there might be some kind of legal-based precedent set that gives Kent’s lawsuit some merit, but I think we can all agree here that this is profoundly stupid. Has anyone ever been to a baseball game where some variation of the tune featured in the above video has not been played?
Further, why isn’t Kent suing every team that uses this tune? Can you imagine how much he could clean up on that kind of lawsuit? I don’t know, maybe the Lakers are only the first of several teams he intends to sue for using “his” song.