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Tommy Lee wins legal battle over drum kit rollercoaster

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Motley Crue star Tommy Lee has won a legal battle against an engineer who alleged the rocker stole his idea for a drum kit rollercoaster.

The musician used the stunt during the band's 2011 tour, where he could be seen turning upside down as he played, but Los Angeles-based engineer Scott King claimed he pitched a similar idea to Lee in 1991. In 2012, King filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court demanding at least $400,000 in damages over allegations the rocker stole his idea.

However, King has lost the legal battle after a judge ruled he never obtained exclusive rights to the concept and Lee created his own version of the rollercoaster drum set, according to TMZ.

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Jan 4, 2014 9:37AM
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I think the concept goes way back to the early 1970's when Keith Emerson did something similar while playing his piano.
Jan 3, 2014 8:28PM
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REALLY? HASN'T HE BEEN DOING THIS DRUM THING FOR 20 YEARS OR MORE???

MOTLEY CRUE HASN'T BEEN GOOD SINCE SHOUT AT THE DEVIL BUT AT LEAST

THEY CAN PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND WRITE SONGS UNLIKE MOST MUSIC STARS!

THEIR DEBUT ALBUM WAS A CLASSIC ROCK PUNK ALBUM. AFTER THAT ......NOT MUCH....

Jan 3, 2014 1:39PM
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He came up with the idea and pitched it to Tommy in '91, yet Tommy's drum kit has been doing crazy stunts since the "Girls, Girls, Girls" lp, which came out in 1988. Nice try.
Jan 3, 2014 1:20PM
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Any dozen people can come up with the same idea and think they are the first to invent.  It's the first person to make the idea work and files intellectual property protection that gets the credit (and money). Let's suppose this dude pitched the idea to TL in 1991.  TL used this idea in 2011.  In the 20 years between, did this guy ever file a patent giving him exclusive rights to the concept, which would force TL to pay him royalties?  It does not seem he did. Sorry this dude loses.  

Jan 3, 2014 10:03AM
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I guess my question is, everyone is saying shame on TL for stealing this guys idea, but how do we really know he had the idea first? I can just as easily draw something up after I see it then say I had the idea first. Sorry this guy lost but maybe he should have shut his pie hole and introduced it to the world himself first. I side with TL on this one, the dude F*** up that's not TL's problem.
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