Mick Jagger And Keith Richards Ask Court To Dismiss The Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

The Rolling Stones were sued in March for allegedly basing their 2020 single ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ on two of, songwriter Sergio Garcia Fernandez, otherwise known as Angelslang’s compositions. The Glimmer Twins recently filed a ‘Motion to Dismiss’ the copyright infringement lawsuit in a Louisiana federal court.

The duo’s attorneys submitted a legal filing that Digital Music News got a hold of, and it seems like there are several reasons for the dismissal of the case, including the fact that Fernandez is a Spanish citizen suing the Stones over alleged infringement of non-US compositions and recordings. It says:

“The court should dismiss Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint (FAC) because it fails to adequately plead a copyright infringement claim. Plaintiff has failed to allege an exemption to the copyright precondition for his non-US works. This warrants dismissal of the FAC in its entirety.”

Another point that the Stones’ attorneys made is that Jagger and Richards are both UK citizens and don’t have a connection to Louisiana. The statement read:

“Contrary to the allegations in the FAC, Mr. Jagger and Mr. Richards are both UK citizens. Mr. Jagger is not domiciled in the US, and Mr. Richards is domiciled in Connecticut. The Rolling Stones have not performed in Louisiana since a performance in the Superdome on their worldwide tour in 2019. Previously, they performed in this district only three other times, in 1978, 1981, and 1984. They have not directed any of their activities purposefully or specifically towards this district.”

‘Living in a Ghost Town’ was released during the pandemic, and Jagger revealed that it was completed in isolation. Here’s what he had to say about the track during its release:

“So the Stones were in the studio recording some new material before the lockdown, and there was one song we thought would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now.”

You can read the legal filing submitted by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ attorneys that Digital Music News acquired here.