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While Ellen DeGeneres is getting ready to listen to all kinds of musical magic on the American Idol stage, the talk show host has hit sour a note with a bunch of record companies.
According to AccessHollywood.com, a lawsuit was filed Wednesday against The Ellen DeGeneres Show, claiming that Ellen has used over 1,000 songs on her program without permission. The suit claims the daytime talk show has used copyrighted music without getting the proper clearance for years, including "recordings by virtually every major current artist of popular music."
The plantiffs in the case are big-name record companies, including Arista Music, Atlantic Recording Corp., Capitol Records, Motown Record Company, Sony Music Entertainment, Virgin Records America and Warner Bros. Records, and some songs cited in the lawsuit include Michael Jackson's "Thriller," The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
Oh, and get this -- according to the suit, when representatives of the recording companies asked why the people over at Ellen's show hadn't obtained licenses to use the songs, they said they didn't "roll that way."
Yeah, not the best excuse. Now they'll all have to"roll" right into court.