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Man Sues Stewart Over Use of Music

December 11, 2001

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)_ The theme song for Martha Stewart’s television show has hit a sour note for a Redding man who claims he wrote the music but isn’t getting credit for it.

Edward Dzubak, a three-time Emmy-winning composer, claims that Stewart’s company and musician Kevin Moore violated U.S. copyright law by failing to give him credit for the music used on ``Martha Stewart Living.″

Dzubak is seeking a court injunction that would force her to stop using the music.

``A composer knows his music when he hears it,″ he said.

The lawsuit was filed Nov. 2 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The domestic diva’s company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, has issued a statement denying the allegations.

``It’s a meritless claim, and we intend to defend ourselves vigorously,″ the company said.

Dzubak maintains the theme was modified slightly from his composition, but is essentially his work.

Good Things Music Co., an affiliate of Omnimedia, holds the publishing and licensing rights to the music.

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