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Muse has fired back against a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by a man who claims the band stole his idea for a sci-fi rock opera. Charles Bolfrass filed a $3.5 million suit against the band and its record label, Warner Music, last week, claiming that the trio's three-part "Exogenesis" song suite from its 2009 album The Resistance lifted ideas from his proposed rock opera about the human race traveling into space after the destruction of Earth.
The band's publicist issued a statement saying, "The claim is complete nonsense and is categorically denied. It appears to be based on a 'screenplay' the band never received or saw, produced by someone the band has never heard of. It speaks volumes that the album in question was released a full three years ago -- and this is the first that has been heard of these allegations."
The statement added, "Warner Music will aggressively defend this lawsuit, and the band is exploring what remedies may be available to them in the U.S. in relation to these untrue and baseless allegations."
Bolfrass alleges that he contacted Muse and two other groups with his proposal in 2005, and was turned down by Muse a year later.
Bolfrass is also accusing Muse of using an idea from his own artwork for the story as the cover for The Resistance.
Muse's sixth album, The 2nd Law, arrives on October 2nd, with the first single, "Madness," out now.