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Kill Bill music case thrown out
Malcolm McLaren
Malcolm McLaren denied ripping off the song
A French court has thrown out a case brought by a composer who accused Malcolm Mclaren of plagiarising a song on the Kill Bill 2 soundtrack.

Musician Benjamin Beduneau, also known as Lancelot, had accused the former Sex Pistols manager of lifting his song Sound Smith for the track About Her.

A court in Angers ruled their was insufficient proof of plagiarism.

Mr Beduneau was ordered to pay 1,500 (1,008) euros in "procedural damages" to Mr McLaren.

He had previously told the court he had submitted his composition to Mr McLaren for another project that was never completed.

He said he registered the song with the French performers' rights body Sacem in 2003, and was seeking damages and the return of the original recordings.

Mr McLaren's lawyer, Bruno Ryterband, said his client was the true author of the song and that it was created from music samples which Mr McLaren had asked Mr Beduneau to compile.

Mr Ryterband told the court Mr McLaren had copyrighted the song in the UK and US, but admitted his client was unable to play any instrument.

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