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Meat Loaf sues songwriter

June 6, 2006 at 9:39 AM

LOS ANGELES, Colo., June 6 (UPI) -- Meat Loaf has used the phrase "Bat Out of Hell" for the past 29 years but in 1995 songwriter Jim Steinman trademarked the phrase and now won't let it be used.

Michael Aday -- Meat Loaf's real name -- claims that Steinman wrongfully registered the phrase as his trademark in 1995. Steinman did write it and other songs on Meat Loaf's 1977 "Bat Out of Hell" and 1993 "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell" albums. Meat Loaf claims he contributed lyrics to the song himself, which he recorded and performed, Billboard.com reports.

Aday is suing Steinman on the basis that he has not used the trademark, but nonetheless registered it in 1995 as owned by Steinman's Bat Out of Hell Inc. with the U.S. Trademark Office, Billboard.com said.

The complaint, filed May 28 in federal District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Steinman applied for a federal trademark registration but never objected to Meat Loaf using the phrase until a recent falling out.

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