Joan Jett’s record label Blackheart Records Group is suing payroll software manufacturer Paycom for ripping off ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ for a television commercial.
Paycom approached Jett’s company is July seeking permission to use the song in the ad. A deal was not reached so the company went out and recorded their own music which sounded very similar to Joan’s recording but without putting “another dime in the jukebox baby”.
Jett’s suit claims the Paycom music is almost identical to her copyright work and although Jett didn’t right the song, the sound is her arrangement.
The New York Post reports that Paycom has used a similar snare drum, bass drum, hand claps, bass guitar and electric guitar in its arrangement, similar to Jett’s 1982 rock version but different to the 1975 original pop version by Alan Merrill.
Joan Jett will perform 10 Red Hot Summer shows in Australia from January. Five of those shows have completely sold out.
Series one of Red Hot Summer features Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton and Chocolate Starfish.
Red Hot Summer season one dates
12 January, Mannum, SA SOLD OUT
13 January, Swan Valley, WA
19 January, Mornington, Vic SOLD OUT
20 January, Mornington, Vic
26 January, Launceston, Tas, SOLD OUT
27 January, Ballarat, Vic
2 February, Hunter Valley, NSW
3 February, Baulkham Hills, NSW SOLD OUT
9 February, Bribie Island, Qld SOLD OUT
10 February, Bribie Island, Qld