Janet Jackson accused of stealing song

May 16, 2005 at 10:30 AM

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 16 (UPI) -- A Santa Cruz, Calif., man claims Janet Jackson, her songwriters and Virgin Records stole his song for her Grammy-nominated hit "All for You."

Michael Ortega claims Jackson's song was based on a tune he wrote in 1986, which he played for Jackson songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

"It's taken a long time to get this to court," Ortega told MSNBC's "The Scoop."

"From what I gather (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) have a pattern of basically, building collages of other people's work for their songwriting," Ortega said.

Ortega alleges copyright infringement and slander in the suit for which he has requested a jury trial.

A spokesman for Jackson did not return calls for comment.

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