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March 05, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Singer Tom Petty sought a temporary restraining order Wednesday in a $1-million federal lawsuit against B.F. Goodrich and its advertising agency charging that they used one of his songs without his permission in an ad for radial tires. The Los Angeles-based singer, famous for such hits as "Break Down," "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" and "Refugee," said Goodrich's ad agency, Grey Advertising, contacted his agent in August, 1986, and asked permission to use his song "Mary's New Car" for an advertisement, but Petty refused. Petty, 36, said the unauthorized use of the song violates his exclusive rights to it and decreases its value. At Wednesday's hearing in Los Angeles, Petty sought an order forcing Goodrich to take the ad off radio and television.

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