A dispute between a Canadian furniture store that used the late Frank Zappa's music in a TV commercial and the rocker's widow was settled out of court Tuesday.

A dispute between a Canadian furniture store that used the late Frank Zappa's music in a TV commercial and the rocker's widow was settled out of court Tuesday.

Ameublements Tanguay Inc. has apologized to Gail Zappa for using the unauthorized music in 1995 and settled the civil lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

"I'm very pleased to say that I did get want I wanted, which was a formal apology," Gail Zappa said outside court in Quebec City.

Furniture company president Jacques Tanguay said Monday there had been several attempts over the past nine years to settle the matter out of court. It was unclear how Tuesday's offer differed from past efforts, but it may have been a letter of apology acknowledging copyright violation.

Zappa's widow, who lives in California, was seeking unspecified damages from the store for copyright violation related to an appliance advertisement.

The song ``Watermelon in Easter Hay'' from the album "Joe's Garage" was played as background music in the ad, which ran briefly in Quebec City and eastern parts of the province. A Quebec fan notified the Zappa family about the commercial.

Tanguay has said his company commissioned a now-defunct Quebec City producer to produce the commercial. He said the producer, Karma Productions, subcontracted the musical work to a freelancer without confirming whether the Zappa song was cleared for use.

Gail Zappa has been a staunch defender of her late husband's work since his death from prostate cancer in 1993 at 52. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.


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