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Chrysler: "ZZ Top is Unoriginal!"
Highest Court W.D. Washington
Year Ended 1999
Plaintiffs ZZ Top
Defendants Chrysler Corp.
Other Greenbaum, Norman
Hooker, John Lee
Short Description Chrysler admitted to using parts of the much litigated ZZ Top song "La Grange" in promotional efforts for its Plymouth Prowler. They argued, however, that the ZZ Top song was not original and therefore unprotected. The song has similarities to John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen" and Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky". The court granted ZZ Top summary judgment, and later determined that Chrysler would be able to deduct its overhead expenses from the damages calculation. - JMC

Legal Issues
Copyrights Infringement Copying & Distribution/Dissemination

Opinions ZZ Top v. Chrysler Corp.
70 F. Supp. 2d 1167
W.D. Washington , October 25, 1999 ( No. C98-0940L )

ZZ Top v. Chrysler Corp.
54 F. Supp. 2d 983
W.D. Washington , June 22, 1999 ( No. C98-0940L )

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Related Searches Parties
Chrysler Corp. ( Defendant )
Greenbaum, Norman ( Other )
Hooker, John Lee ( Other )
ZZ Top ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Copyrights / Infringement / Copying & Distribution/Dissemination

W.D. Washington (highest court)

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