Meat Loaf Hit with Copyright Infringement Claims for 1993 Hit

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Elizabeth DiNardo,
Legal Staff Writer

On October 4, 2017, rocker Meat Loaf was hit with allegations of copyright infringement in California federal court by music production company, Enclosed Music LLC. (“Enclosed Music”). The plaintiff claims that the musician based his 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything For Love” on a song penned by little known music artist, Jon Dunmore Sinclair, who is an Enclosed Music client. In the complaint, the plaintiff claims that co-defendant James Richard Steinman, who is listed as the composer of “I’d Do Anything For Love,” essentially copied Sinclair’s 1990 song with the help of Steinman and Sinclair’s mutual attorney, Howard Siegel, alleging both songs share a similar chord progression, chorus and melody as they relate to the lyrics “I would do anything for.” Enclosed Music argued that during the time that Siegel was filing for copyright registration of Mr. Sinclair’s song, Mr. Steinman was able to gain access to the song and eventually went on to help create “I’d Do Anything For Love.”

The complaint alleged that Meat Loaf’s 1993 song was a huge commercial success—the album it was featured on, “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell,” sold over 14 million copies. “I’d Do Anything For Love” still has selling power and has continued to generate profits through licensing agreements, as the song has featured on several movie soundtracks.

The Case is: Enclosed Music LLC v. Steinman et al., Case No.: 2:17-cv-07304, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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