SONGWRITER SUES REVLON FOR $2.5M
NEW YORK — Revlon Inc. is being sued for $2.5 million by a songwriter who charges that the cosmetics firm hit a sour note when it used one of his copyrighted songs in a television commercial without his permission.
In a suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Robert Strano claims Revlon incorporated words and music from his 1982 song, “Take Me In Your Arms,” in its 1991 commercial for Charlie fragrance.
Strano, who said he did not receive any compensation from Revlon for using the song, is seeking punitive damages of “not less than $2 million” and at least $500,000 for statutory damages.
A Revlon spokeswoman said that although the firm is not aware of the suit, it has never used the song “Take Me In Your Arms” in any Charlie commercial.
— Fairchild News Service