BBH to contest writ from Philip Glass in Audi A8 music row

Philip Glass, the American composer, has issued a writ against Bartle Bogle Hegarty alleging that the ’moon car’ ad for the Audi A8 last year featured music which borrowed heavily from his Koyaanisqatsi film sound-track.

Philip Glass, the American composer, has issued a writ against

Bartle Bogle Hegarty alleging that the ’moon car’ ad for the Audi A8

last year featured music which borrowed heavily from his Koyaanisqatsi

film sound-track.



James Rushton, the managing director of Glass’s publisher, Chester

Music, said: ’We take it very seriously when we think there is an

infringement.’



Both sides in the dispute have employed musicologists to undertake

bar-by-bar analyses to back up their claims.



The track for the ad was composed by the Music Gallery for BBH and an

initial complaint was received by the agency soon after it went on air

last summer.



Anthony Price, the legal director of BBH, confirmed the agency received

the writ late last Friday. He said: ’We have our own analysis of the

music and we intend to defend it.’



This is the second high-profile music dispute involving BBH in recent

years. Last year, the singer and composer, Tom Waits, won a case over

the unauthorised use of his song, Heartattack and Vine in ’procession’,

a 1993 commercial for Levi’s.



Waits’ dispute was confined to Third Story Music - a company run by his

former manager, Herb Cohen - and BBH was found not to be at fault.



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