They didn’t put a dime in her jukebox, so now she’s suing.
Legendary rocker Joan Jett’s record label is suing a payroll software company saying it ripped off her chart-topper “I Love Rock N’ Roll” for a TV ad.
The new Manhattan civil suit says Paycom approached Jett’s Blackheart Records Group in July seeking to use the song for an ad campaign.
No licensing deal was reached — but just two months later the software company aired a spot tag-lined, “Get your employees rocking with Paycom,” with music that is “virtually identical” to Jett’s 1982 hit, the suit says.
“Paycom’s version of ‘I Love Rock N’ Roll’ replicates the instrumentation — snare drum, bass drum, hand claps, bass guitar and multiple overdriven electric guitars — arrangement, and the ‘total sound and feel’ of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ recording of ‘I Love Rock N’ Roll,’” the suit says.
“Paycom digitally manipulated its version … to precisely replicate Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ recording in order to unfairly profit from the goodwill Blackheart has developed in Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ recording of ‘I Love Rock N’ Roll,’” according to court papers.
It was so similar that the advertising analytics firm iSpot.tv seemed to think that Paycom was using Jett’s recording.
“Various individuals have contacted Blackheart to ask whether Blackheart and/or Jett is affiliated with and/or endorsing Paycom,” the suit says.
The song was originally released by Alan Merrill of the Arrows in 1975, but Jett’s version made it a rock anthem.
Her 1982 version was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks and has been featured in countless movies and TV shows. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016.
Jett’s recording group is suing for unspecified damages.
Reps for Paycom did not immediately respond.
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