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Judge Throw Out Trent Reznor Suit

December 2, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit that claimed Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor stole songs for his 1994 album, ``Downward Spiral.″

The copyright infringement suit was dismissed Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William Rea, who put the trial on hold in February in hopes that both sides would settle.

``We’re celebrating,″ said Jamie Broder, Reznor’s lawyer.

Los Angeles songwriter Mark Onofrio sued Reznor in August 1997, claiming Reznor stole six of his songs, including some that appeared on ``Downward Spiral″ and one that appeared on the ``Natural Born Killers″ movie soundtrack. He later dropped the claims on three songs.

Onofrio’s attorney, Michael Blaha, said an appeal was likely.

Onofrio said he met Reznor through an online chat room and asked if Reznor would listen to some of his songs. The complaint said Reznor agreed and the music was mailed to Reznor’s Los Angeles home.

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