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Adam Opel AG, McCann Erickson German

San Francisco, CA: Tom Waits has settled his lawsuit against the carmaker Adam Opel AG and a German advertising agency over television commercials that he says mimicked his vocal style without his permission. The ads, made two years ago by McCann Erickson Germany for Opel, a division of General Motors, showed car owners putting their vehicles away to the sounds of a gravelly, Waitsian lullaby. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but in a statement Mr. Waits - who has successfully sued advertisers in the past for copying his sound - said he would donate his net proceeds to charity. McCann Erickson issued a statement regretting any embarrassment their actions had caused. (Jan-25-07) [INSIDE BAY AREA: TOM WAITS AD]

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Published on Jan-31-07


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