Toby Keith has beaten a copyright-infringement rap over his drunkard anthem “I Love This Bar,” which songwriter Michael McCloud claimed was a rip of his “Tourist Town Bar,” because Toby Keith can not be killed by conventional weapons like lawsuits or neutron bombs. Toby was also suprisingly non-assholish in his press statements about the whole affair, like they ripped the evil lizard face off and a sensitive artiste was inside.
“It is an awful thing to be accused wrongfully of copyright infringement,” Keith said in a statement. “It goes to the core of what you are as a man, a singer/songwriter and an artist … I was put in the terrible position of not being able to defend myself until the trial and I just could not wait for that day to come. I knew it would take no time at all for the case to be dismissed and it was, of course, with prejudice which means: He had no case whatsoever.”
Keith’s disputed song has “also spawned I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas,” which is now definitely on my itinerary of “musician-themed restaurants where I can do harm to my body and soul” after eating at a Jimmy Buffet’s Cheeseburger In Paradise a few weekends back. No, I’m not particularly proud.
Toby Keith Infringement Suit Dismissed [Billboard]