American figure skaters sued by composers who made Ford trailer

A duo who have created music for Ford Motor Co., Chrysler and Dodge are suing an American figure skating couple who performed a remake of “House of the Rising Sun” during their short program at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

It’s the same song that was licensed for use in the 2016 western “The Magnificent Seven” starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

Film and TV composers Robert and Aron Marderosian, known as the Heavy Young Heathens, have recorded their own unique version of a song made popular by The Animals, Nina Simone, Doc Watson and others over the past half century.

The use of their version of the song violated copyright laws, they claim in a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., against NBC Universal, Comcast Corp. , Peacock, USA Network, US Figure Skating and skaters Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier.

The skaters, who are based in Irvine, Calif., according to the lawsuit, won a silver medal after the program currently under review.

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Lawyer Mick Marderosian, who is based in Bakersfield and father of the plaintiffs, told Reuters that NBC has since deleted posts from the performance and that the duo’s agent “basically refused to listen to our problem”. The video confirmed by Free Press has been deleted.

Marderosian was tied up in depositions Monday and unavailable for comment. He confirmed to the Free Press that his sons created music in 2014 as part of the “Need for Speed” movie campaign, which featured a 2015 Mustang. A co-branded ad for the action movie and the pony because of the director Scott Waugh was shown on television and in cinemas.

The Heavy Young Heathens provided the Free Press video links to their Ford and Chrysler car spots for review.

The team has also done commercial music for Adidas, Starbucks and Red Bull, according to the lawsuit reviewed by The Free Press.

They also did a “Chrysler and the Men Who Built America” ​​spot which aired in 2013.

Their TV projects include “The Simpsons” and “CSI” and the ESPN documentary series “30 for 30”. Film projects have included “Deadpool,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “The Expendables,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit refers to the unauthorized use of the copyrighted work as “brazen and improper” acts of infringement. The recording was officially recorded on May 31, 2016.

“The track features an originally composed introduction and a unique arrangement that has made it a highly sought after recording,” the lawsuit says. “It has been featured in film and television, including the theatrical trailer for the Magnificent Seven and Ford car advertisements. The track represents a very valuable licensing asset to the plaintiffs and is one of their signature songs around the world. .”

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