Bootlicker: St. Louis Artist Kelly Wild Wants Her Music Removed From Controversial Movie
Wild, who has a local band called Trixie Delight, explains that she, Artis and one other musician worked on some songs together awhile back. She says she wrote the lyrics and melody and did vocals for an album called Open Eyes, which included a song with the same title.
The CD was presented as her project at the time, and since she noticed Artis has been using it, she went and found copyright information online, which shows that she has rights to the music, alongside Artis and their other collaborator.
"I didn't know what to do. I'm just a musician -- I don't have money to get a lawyer," she says.
Wild says she sent him a polite message on Facebook asking him why he was using her music and she says he responded saying that he was sorry he didn't ask and was just trying to get sales for their music.
via YouTube Screenshot of the trailer mentioning Wild without her permission.
"It sounded kinda like BS to me," she says. "I have all my CDs.... I just was kind of floored by it."
After looking into it further, she realized that in some places he was putting her name along with the project as a writer of the "original soundtrack."
She says she didn't want her name or her music attached to the project -- but Artis, she claims, stopped responding to him. She has since sent him a more formal, slightly less polite letter, making the request very clear. It's on view below. She says they never gave him the rights to master anything.
via rivercityexaminer.com Screenshot of Terry Artis' website where he is promoting the film.
Wild says she is considering suing if he screens the film with her music.
"I don't want my name attached to this piece of art for the rest of my life," she says.
For his part, Artis tells Daily RFT that this is a non-issue, that he does have rights to the song -- and that it is only used in the trailer, not the film.
"She's claiming that it's hers -- that is not correct," Artis says. "It was recorded at my studio." (Wild, however, says his "studio" was a "pro tools rig" he barely knew how to use in his child's playroom).
Artis adds, "We all recorded it together...and it's not in the film at all.... She doesn't know what she's talking about."
Continue for a copy of the full letter from Kelly Wild and the original flyer that sparked controversy in this case.