Reuters today reports that music and entertainment conglomerate EMI has filed a suit against Electronic Arts claiming that the publisher has used a whole host of its music in an impressively large range of its Sports software titles without permission.
In its claim, filed in federal court in New York this week, EMI mentions that a number of EA's recent sports titles, including Madden NFL 2004 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, use songs that "embody copyrighted musical compositions that EMI owns, co-owns, administers or otherwise controls."
However, according to Electronic Arts, EMI has got the wrong end of the stick. In a statement, released yesterday, EA claim, "This entire lawsuit is related to a single song that samples lyrics from another song. Our use of that song was licensed directly from the artist. We have agreements for every song used in our games," it boldly states.
EMI is claiming revenue splits across a broad range of titles, with damages claimed said to be "in the tens of millions".