U.S. Determine Skating Pair Is Sued Over Winter Olympics Routine

The band Heavy Younger Heathens accused U.S. Olympic determine skating pair Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier of utilizing its music with out permission in a routine on the Beijing Winter Olympics, in line with a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The group is suing the duo, NBC and U.S. Determine Skating, for copyright violations over the pair skating to the band’s model of “Home of the Rising Solar.”

Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, pictured within the free skate portion of the workforce occasion, are accused of performing to a music with out permission in considered one of their Olympics routines. (Photograph: Jean Catuffe through Getty Photographs)

Heavy Younger Heathens members Robert and Aron Marderosian claimed that whereas “Home of the Rising Solar” relies on a people music, their rendition “is a signature music of theirs all through the world” ― due partially to its inclusion within the film “The Magnificent Seven” and in Ford automobile adverts. (A model by the Animals turned a rock hit within the Sixties.)

Within the lawsuit, which was posted by Reuters, the Marderosian brothers allege they weren’t contacted by the skaters, U.S. Determine Skating, NBC and different broadcast platforms for the occasion. In addition they mentioned that broadcasters failed to incorporate a particular credit score for them in a chyron that famous solely “Home of the Rising Solar.”

“These violations trigger nice hurt to the worth of [the Marderosians] command for such a well-known piece of their recording catalog, and insults the integrity of their skilled repute. Whereas [the defendants] are all making the most of the income the 2022 Winter Olympics generate, [the Marderosians] have been and proceed to be disadvantaged of what their creation ‘Home of the Rising Solar’ earns them per license,” the lawsuit reads.

HuffPost didn’t instantly hear again from NBC and a rep for the skaters in a request for remark.

Knierim and Frazier stood in eleventh place within the pairs earlier than Saturday’s free skate in Beijing.

The pair have been a part of the U.S. workforce that took silver within the workforce occasion, however that might be elevated to gold if Russian skater Kamila Valieva, who led the Russian workforce to first place, is sanctioned after testing constructive for a banned drug.

This text initially appeared on HuffPost and has been up to date.

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