Yes, and these are the companies which tell us not to steal stuff. The lesson is borrow but don't steal.
Originally Posted by TimothyO
This happend in California to Lady Miss Kier of the old rock group DeeLite?
Sony wanted to use her as a charatcer in a video game or animated production iirc. She said no based on their offer. They used the character anyway and she sued, lost, and was held liable for Sony's MASSIVE legal bills.
Musicians who try to sue big companies for "sound alikes" face the same issue. A corporation wants to use a popular song for an ad. If they can't get the original on terms they like they hire someone to make a "sound alike" clearly based on the original and often confused with the original but just different enough leaglly to stand up in court.