Frank Zappa's widow GAIL is seeking unspecified damages from a furniture company for using one of her husband's tunes in a 1995 advertisement.

The rock wife appeared in a court in Canada on Monday (12JAN04) to pursue the statement of a claim filed in 1998.

The claim said AMEUBLEMENTS TANGUAY INC "distorted" Zappa's WATERMELON IN EASTER HAY for its ads, but company president JACQUES TANGUAY maintains he didn't know the song was under copyright.

Zappa, who was widowed in 1993, says, "It's a signature work of my husband, it's part of a literary work and not only did they take it without permission, they whacked it, they cut it and chopped it up to suit their design."

14/01/2004 09:05