Bon Jovi Slapped With $400 Billion Lawsuit Over Baseball Song

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Bart Steele is a Boston Red Sox fan, and in light of these circumstances, he probably even qualifies as a “Super Fan.” I think that’s a title that’s well deserved for someone who writes a song about their hometown team, and referred to it as a "love song for his beloved Red Sox,” and graced it with the name “(Man I Really) Love this Team.”

Although Steele may still be feeling pretty good about last year’s World Series win by his beloved Sox, there is something that he is definitely not too happy about, and he’s not taking it sitting down. Steele has filed a $400 billion (no, that’s not a typo) lawsuit against legendary rock group Bon Jovi.

Steele alleges that Bon Jovi essentially re-wrote his beloved baseball song and called it “I Love This Town,” which the group recorded as a promotion for Major League Baseball, and also included the tune on their CD Lost Highway.Bon Jovi's Baseball Trouble

Although $400 billion sure sounds like a lot of dough, the lawsuit claims that the amount is authorized by copyright  laws. The suit says they are seeking $100,000 per CD sold, and with just under 4 million sold, the math comes out to around $400 billion. The suit also states that Steele intends to donate 99% of the money to musicians’ rights organizations.

When I hear about lawsuits filed against rock stars or other big-name celebrities, I will often comment about my doubt that the defendant(s) in question will wind up in the poor house, or anywhere in its vicinity even if they lose the case.

In this case, however, I’m wondering if Bon Jovi might be just a little nervous. $400 billion has to be way beyond any amount that the group has accumulated during their career, and the old poor house could be opening its doors for the Jersey rockers if by some chance, a judgment that large is levied against them.

Granted, a $400 billion award in this case is probably very unlikely, but you do remember the case of the woman who won a $2.7 million judgment against McDonald’s when she spilled hot coffee on herself don’t you? That amount was reduced, and then changed again later when both parties agreed to a settlement that remains secret.

Like most of these cases, it will probably be quite some time before we hear about a verdict or a settlement, but it will be interesting to see how it all turns out.

For more details, check out AntiMusic.


  1. Earl Cooperson October 11, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    That amazon mp3 ad is extremely annoying as you can’t move it or close it and it’s opaque and positioned over text.

    Just thought I’d let you know how I feel


  2. Real Rock News October 12, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for letting me know, Earl.

    I was thinking of giving that one the boot anyway, so it probably won’t be there too much longer.

  3. Scott B October 13, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Considering this:
    Second Half 2008: Microsoft founder is back in business, After market meltdown, He is world richest man again, estimated wealth valued at $57 Billion.
    I don’t think Bon Jovi can afford it…

  4. Scott B October 13, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Last year, Bon Jovi sold 2.1 million records in the States and another 7 million worldwide. However, royalty rates outside the U.S. are typically lower — sources say Bon Jovi can earn better than two bucks per record in the States but only about $1.25 per record internationally. The cost of having an album produced and distributed by local companies, varying from country to country, eats up royalty payments abroad.

    Bon Jovi
    Touring = $8.5 million
    Recording = $5.3 million
    Publishing = $5.9 million
    Net = $15.6 million

  5. Just so October 20, 2008 at 10:03 am

    This isn’t just about Bon Jovi, it’s geared at TBS too. Considering that Bon Jovi did not make $400 billion on the album, let alone the song, I think the $400 billion lawsuit is ridiculously filled with someone just trying to make a buck off the deal. Even if he gives 99% of it away, he is still making money off of it. Then throw in that both songs in question sound NOTHING alike musically and lyrically (Steeles being way more country and baseball geared, Bon Jovi’s is not baseball geared and is only a slightly country) and the only chance they have is the overall theme which is questionable too. If you are basing it on that…everyone that ever wrote a love song should be sueing each other too and we would have one big never ending lawsuit. This isn’t a case of Vanilla Ice and Queen..not even close and Jon Bon Jovi is not a stupid man.

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