Simon sues clockmakers

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon has sued a musical clock distributor over the use of his masterpiece 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon has sued a musical clock distributor over the use of his masterpiece 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

Simon took on Rhythm USA Inc. in US federal court in Manhattan, claiming the company had not received his permission to sell wall clocks that play the famous tune.

The Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturer “knew or should have known that they were violating (Simon’s) rights and have realised millions of dollars from their infringing actions”, according to the suit, which seeks $10m (€6.3m) in damages.

There was no immediate response to messages left with Atlanta-based Rhythm USA. A company website says its parent company, Rhythm Watch Co. Ltd, was established in 1950 and has sold about 20 million clocks worldwide.

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