Rockers Blind Melon are facing a countersuit over their hit song No Rain.
The bandmates launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against singer Mandy Jiroux in August (16), claiming she used elements of the track to record her own tune, titled Insane, after they gave her permission to cover the 1992 track.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jiroux's manager Kenneth Komisar contacted Blind Melon's manager Keith Isola in May (16), and explained his client had recorded a cover of No Rain.
However, after hearing the track, the band concluded the song was not a cover and decided not to license it, take co-writer credits, or collect a portion of the publishing money. Komisar was reportedly informed in June (16) and the parties had a conference call, during which the bandmates told him they were no longer going to grant permission for the song to be licensed.
The song was subsequently released and Jiroux previously claimed the Blind Melon members "loved the song so much I'm the only artist that they've ever let use that classic hook".
The group is seeking a permanent injunction, profits from the Insane track and damages, but it is now facing its own lawsuit.
On Friday (04Nov16), Jiroux countersued the band, claiming she did receive permission to record her version of the song. She alleges the band is breaching a license agreement.