SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 25 (Reuters) -
A two-yearcopyright lawsuit filed by rocker Rob Zombie against Japanesecarmaker Mazda Motor Corp. will finally get its dayin court in mid-July, the rock star said in a statement onThursday.
Zombie said he immediately summoned his lawyers two years agowhen he learned that music from his triple platinum 1998 album"Hellbilly Deluxe" had been used without his permission for a MazdaTruck TV commercial.
"I don't want to play that song live and see the kids go,'Hey!It's the truck song!' Corporate America doesn't understand thatsome people actually have values about things. Everything isn't forsale," said the singer, who was known for his outrageous anticsonstage while performing as the long-time frontman for heavy metalband White Zombie. He dismantled the group in 1998 to pursue a solocareer.
Zombie's solo debut album "Hellbilly Deluxe" sold more copies inits first week of release than any White Zombie record beforeit.
Representatives of Mazda and its ad agency, The Doner Agency,were not immediately available for comment on the lawsuit.
But in his statement, Zombie said that after two years ofpreliminary court proceedings, the case will finally make it totrial in mid-July,.
The entertainer's lawyers said in the statement that Mazda andDoner have refrained from making any settlement offers to Zombieand company.
Among issues to be resolved before a judge are whether Donerwillfully stole the music from the original recording, whetherMazda was complicit in that theft or whether the original music wasused by mistake on the part of the advertising agency.
Zombie's records are released by Interscope Geffen A&MRecords, a unit of Vivendi Universal .