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
James Rushton, the managing director of Glass’s publisher, Chester
Music, said: ’We take it very seriously when we think there is an
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
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.