Nickelback Wins ‘Absurd’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Nickelback recently got a verdict in their favor over a copyright infringement lawsuit after three years of legal challenges. The federal court dismissed the case, reportedly calling it, ‘absurd.’

Three years ago, a rocker named Kirk Johnston filed a lawsuit against Nickelback, claiming that the band had plagiarized his song, ‘Rock Star,’ and ultimately released their 2005 hit piece, ‘Rockstar.’ Johnston, who fronted a Texan act called Snowblind Revival, accused the Canadian act of copying the lyrics and the theme of his track.

The Nickelback bandmates had been involved in the case ever since, though, luckily, the federal court has finally reached a verdict by ruling against Kirk’s accusations, finding them on ‘the borders of absurd.’ The judge, Robert Pitman, stated in the official verdict that the tracks had no melodic similarities and that the accuser’s claims weren’t valid.

The songs both detailed the topics of rock stars’ luxurious lifestyles, people’s desires to have that type of life, and making famous friends through networking. Judge Pitman noted that these topics were general subjects, and Johnston had no right to monopolize the theme, asserting them as his own.

The final verdict ruling in favor of Nickelback stated:

“Stated simply, they do not sound alike. Where both songs evoke similar themes, they are rendered dissimilar through the vivid detail of the original expression in Nickelback’s lyrics.”

So, it’s no doubt that the Snowblind Revival frontman got disappointed by the dismissal of his accusations, as the court officially called them ‘absurd.’ For Nickelback, however, it’s time to celebrate as a lengthy three-year-old legal battle was ruled in favor of them, proving that ‘Rockstar’ was an original piece.