A little-known Belgian songwriter won a plagiarism case against today (Nov. 18), leading a local court to ban the megastar’s song “Frozen” from sale or broadcast in the country.
Songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva’s suit had alleged that Madonna’s 1998 hit from the album “Ray of Light” plagiarized parts of his song, “Ma Vie Fout L’camp (My Life’s Getting Nowhere),” which had been written five years earlier.
“The judge has ruled Madonna must withdraw from sales all remaining discs, and orders that TV and radio can no longer play ‘Frozen,'” Acquaviva’s lawyer, Victor-Vincent Dehin, said. No damages were set.
Madonna can appeal the ruling. A call to the singer’s New York-based publicist was not immediately returned.
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