Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lloyd has won a copyright case over his hit 2001 song "Amazing" when the plaintiff withdrew his action.
Mark Edward O'Keefe, a truck driver, sued Lloyd in the Federal Court for royalties claiming the pair had penned the song on the back of beer coasters after playing a gig at Sydney's Bridge Hotel in 1991.
"It's a very good result," Lloyd said outside the Sydney court today (Oct. 9), the fifth day of the hearing. "It's been a long and extremely frustrating affair. I feel an incredible sense of relief and release from the weight of these false accusations."
Justice Nye Perram has ordered O'Keefe to pay costs, reportedly in the region of $175,000 Australian ($158,000).
Lloyd has a string of platinum-certified albums to his name, including his most successful album to-date, 2001's "Watching Angels Mend" from which "Amazing" was lifted. The Sydney-born artist has won the prestigious ARIA Award for male artist of the year on three occasions, in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Lloyd is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group.