Beck Sues Geffen

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Two weeks after being sued by his label, Geffen Records, for breach of

contract, postmodern rocker Beck launched his own suit against

the label, claiming copyright infringement over his 1998 Mutations

album, according to his attorney, Jill Berliner. "We're saying that Geffen

has effectively been bootlegging Beck," Berliner said of the suit filed

in U.S. District Court on Monday (May 10). The suit alleges the label

released Mutations -- financed by Beck and originally intended

for indie label Bong Load -- without the artist's permission and has not

paid him for the album. "We're seeking acknowledgment that Beck owns this

album and an injunction from further distribution [by Geffen]," Berliner

said. A Geffen spokesperson declined comment. Berliner said Beck has

been in stalled renegotiations on his contract with Geffen for more than

a year.