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Waits’ publisher sues for blurb interference

A publisher of Tom Waits’ music is suing the gravelly voiced singer, accusing him of interfering with the use of his songs in commercials.

Third Story Music said Tuesday that Waits “implicitly threatened to sue” over the use of his songs by trumpeting his $ 3 million legal victory over Frito-Lay. Waits sued Frito-Lay for using a Waits sound-alike without permission.

Third Story said the song “Heartache and Vine” was set for use in a British ad for jeans, and “Ruby’s Arms” was set for a French ad for a gel.

The lawsuit said Waits’ contract allows the company to license rights to his songs for commercials in exchange for gross payments of $ 50,000.

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