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Prince Wins Court Appeal on 'U Got The Look' Lyrics

December 04, 1989| Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Rock star Prince won a legal battle today as the U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a copyright-infringement lawsuit over his hit song "U Got The Look."

The court, without comment, let stand decisions dismissing claims by Prince's half-sister, Lorna Nelson of Minneapolis, that his song's lyrics are too similar to an unpublished song she wrote.

Nelson in 1987 sued Prince, whose full name is Prince Rogers Nelson, and PRN Productions, his record business based in Chanhassen, Minn.

Her federal suit contended that the lyrics to "U Got The Look" infringed on her copyright in an unpublished song, "What's Cooking in this Book."

U.S. District Judge David S. Doty last year threw out Lorna Nelson's suit, ruling that no substantial similarity exists between the two song lyrics. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal last May 3.

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