Bob Dylan Multimillion Dollar Plagiarism Law Suit Censored By Mainstream Media

Attorney Wanted to file Plagiarism Lawsuit and or Motion for Default Against Bob Dylan

All discovery complete except for Bob Dylan's deposition

The video above is a segment of the video taped deposition of Elliot Mintz who represents Bob Dylan. As per filed Motions in the Damiano Dylan litigation "It is judicially uncontested by Bob Dylan and or Bob Dylan’s law firms Manatt, Phelps & Phillips , Parcher Hayes & Snyder, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Hecker Brown and Sherry, and Sony House Counsel that Bob Dylan and people in Bob Dylan’s entourage have solicited James Damiano’s songs and music for a period of over ten years and eleven months. Mr. Mintz tried to spin the facts and testified that James was asking him to "pass along information" to Bob (Dylan). The true facts are Mr. Mintz was calling Mr. Damiano for songs for over a period of three years and eleven months.

Over the past several years more and more Bob Dylan plagiarisms have been reported in the mainstream media. We have published links to all these sites in which Bob Dylan has blatantly released other peoples work with out crediting the true authors name to songs he has released and received royalties for. One song was "Blowin In The Wind".

These media publications specifically The New Jersey Law Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, Howard Stern, CBS News, Rolling Stone, MTV, The New York Daily News, Spin Magazine The Gannett Corp, Simon & Schuster and the federal court reporters in  NJ are all well aware of the facts presented on this website.

The facts of this case have never been reported to the public by the mainstream media. They have reported Dylan's plagiarisms but never the facts (which are judicially uncontested) of this case.

The reason these news outlets never reported the facts of this case is because they know that
when this information is added to the context of all the other documented blatant infringements by Mr. Dylan that it is this information that adheres together and makes conclusive Joni Mitchell's statement to the public that Bob Dylan is a Plagiarist.

You can rest assure that Bob Dylan's attorneys are monitoring this website regularly. The reason Dylan's attorneys come to view this site is because they obtained a confidentiality order on certain information discovered through the James Damiano Bob Dylan litigation.


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James Damiano vs. Bob Dylan


James Damiano


The Freedom of Speech Band

James Damiano subpoenaed Bob Dylan for his November 11th 1999 hearing and Bob Dylan never appeared in court.





Please take notice that plaintiff, James Damiano shall subpoena Bob Dylan on
November 11, 1999 at 1:30 PM, at One John F Gerry Plaza, Camden New
Jersey, 08010 to testify in the above case.Subpoena attached. James
Damiano___________Dated 11/11/ 99CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

James Damiano certifies that he served the foregoing notice to appear to
Steven D. Johnson counsel for Bob Dylan.James



JAMES DAMIANO,Plaintiff C 95-4795 (JBS)




DATED 10/17/2002


Bob Dylan Retains Same Law Firm as George W. Bush in a Fifteen Year Plagiarism Law Suit. Also suppresses Plaintiff’s First Amendment Rights acquiring a protective order designating all video taped depositions that are incriminating to Dylan confidential

Bob Dylan & his law firm acquired a confidentiality order in a fifteen year plagiarism law suit designating all discovery materials including fifty hours of incriminating video taped depositions as confidential suppressing Plaintiff James Damiano’s first amendment rights to warn the public of Judicial favoritism and corruption.

Camden NJ June 2, 2009 -Few artists can lay claim to the controversy that has surrounded the career of songwriter James Damiano. Twenty-two years ago James Damiano began an odyssey that led him into a legal maelstrom with Bob Dylan that, to this day, fascinates the greatest of intellectual minds.

As the curtain rises on the stage of deceit we learn that CBS used songs and lyrics for international recording artist, Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan’s name is credited to the songs. One of those songs is nominated for a Grammy as best rock song of the year. Ironically the title of that song is Dignity.

Since auditioning for the legendary CBS Record producer John Hammond, Sr., who influenced the careers of music industry icons Billy Holiday, Bob Dylan, Pete Seger, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughan, James has engaged in a multimillion dollar copyright infringement law suit with Bob Dylan.

In the middle of midnight
She's coming around
I'm dressed in my best threads
Gonna take on this town
In the middle of midnight
I've got what it takes
To find out what the truth is
Make fools of all the fakes
In the middle of midnight
Her clothes caught my eye
I'd be willing to bet
I'd be willing to lie
In the middle of midnight
Could have sworn
I heard her cry
In the middle of midnight
This ain't no one last try


All song lyrics on this website are written by James Damiano

The artist never stops seeking
For what he knows
He'll never find

James Damiano

 James Damiano worked with Bob Dylan and Dylan’s organization from 79 to 92. Best known for the melody line and lyrical hook of Bob Dylan’s Grammy nominated “Dignity”.

In 1979 James originally from Freehold New Jersey drew the attention of the renowned CBS record producer John Hammond Sr. discoverer of , Duke Ellington, Areatha Franklin, George Benson, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pete Seeger, Charlie Christian, Billy Holiday and Bruce Springsteen. Mr. Hammond's only tenured assistant at CBS / Sony was a lady named Mikie Harris.

In the early 80's James auditioned for Mr. Hammond. The song below was given to Mr. Hammond to read at the audition, It was titled "Dignity".


I've got a plush A frame

Overlooking the Ocean

With a fireplace to

keep us warm

When it's cold

Cathedral ceilings

For romantic evenings

And lights that turn down low

In the garage there's a brand new

silver blue porche

It's a 911- E

And all these luxuries

Can be yours for a while honey

If you just say yes to me

Just say yes to me honey

Just say yes to me

Just say yes to me honey

And give up your dignity

I like playing golf racquetball and tennis

And I bet on all the sports

And I'm part owner

Of a nice little cottage

Lodged up

At a ski resort

My boats docked down

At Little Creek Marina

I just got a set of new sail

On warm summer nights

we'll sail out on the bay

And watch falling stars make trails

It's a good life when the money's right

You can satisfy your curiosity

And all you have to do honey

Is just say yes to me

Just say yes to me honey

Just say yes to me

Just say yes to me honey

And give up your integrity

My bank accounts bigger

Than the houses I own

Bigger than all three

Live in maids clean all day

To give us more time to be free

Well go out every night

Where you can show off all your new clothes

And expensive jewelry

And all you have to do honey is

Just say yes to me

Just say yes to me honey

Just say yes to me

Just say yes to me honey

And give up your


James watched as Mr. Hammond silently read "Dignity" When Mr. Hammond finished reading the song he alarmingly looked up and asked James "You're a college graduate ?" James answered "No" and suddenly knew he was in with Mr. Hammond and CBS Records when he saw a sigh of relief from Mr. Hammond.

"Nothin Left to Say"

"Nothing Left to Say" played by James for Mr. Hammond at the audition
is the soundtrack for the video below.


As per filed motion it is judicially uncontested by Bob Dylan and or Bob Dylan’s law firms Manatt, Phelps & Phillips , Parcher Hayes & Snyder, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Hecker Brown and Sherry and Sony House Counsel that Bob Dylan and people in Bob Dylan’s entourage have solicited James Damiano’s songs and music for over ten years and eleven months.

District Judge Jerome B. Simandle states in his decision “This court will accept as true Plaintiff’s allegations that Sony represented to him that he would be credited and compensated for his work if Dylan used it. Judge Simandle also stated in his decision “Plaintiff has demonstrated a genuine issue of material fact as to whether defendants had access to his work.

Joni Mitchel Labels Bob Dylan a Plagiarist in article link below

“Bob [Dylan] is not authentic at all. He’s a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.”Joni Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2010


Throughout the 80’s James continued working and recording with band members Jimmy and Joey Voltaggio under the name “The Words”.

Jimmy Voltaggio, after a night of hanging out with Jaco Pastorius

"Where Are You Jesus"

Damiano’s first recording was a live studio cut with James on acoustic, Jimmy Voltaggio on electric guitar and Earnest Carter from The E Street Band on drums. It was titled “Where Are You Jesus”, pure and simple straight up rock and roll. Voltaggio’s riffs where electrifying and Earnest Carter’s drumming was relentless.

Earnest Carter

The song stood out musically for it’s immense hard driving intensity. James and the band who were working with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s producer and John Hammond’s assistant Mikie Harris, believed they delivered to CBS what they were looking for.  "Where Are You Jesus"  is the soundtrack for the video below.


Mikie Harris is on the board of directors of The National Academy of Popular Music

Mikie and Mr. Hammond partook in the excitement with the band until Mikie decided to drop the bomb and said she “wanted to stay away from what she considered to be religious songs” even though no one who has ever heard the song ever described it as religious.

Relating to the on going moral and political issues in the world today “Where Are You Jesus” becomes stronger every second as an evident and obvious chronicle regarding the confusion and greed of the world. Tested on the ears of Jaco Pastorius, Jaco loved the song so much that he walked around The Village for three consecutive weeks fifteen hours a day with the earphones of a sony walkman plastered to his head listening to “Where Are You Jesus”

"Pain In My Heart"

James lived with Jaco on Jones Street in the village "Pain In My Heart", another song on the album that Jaco walked around the city listening to is the soundtrack for the video below.

 Time was of the essence, James was trying to utilize Earnest Carter’s extraordinary talents as best and as fast as he could knowing Earnest Carter left Bruce Springsteen to go with David Sancious.

Managerial and finance concerns were an issue. Carter was still up for recording and the words were trying to put the production deals together.

There was no telling where Boom (Earnest Carter) would end up. Finding a drummer like Boom was almost unheard of, he was hardly replaceable. Carter eventually ended up working with Billy Squire, Melanie, Paul Butterfield and many others…

When Cater left for LA, Damiano then recruited Ingo Marte, (John Bonham’s understudy).

Ingo Playing with Bruce Springsteen

"Bury Me In New York City"

From there James went on to record “Bury me in New York City”.  Ingo's drum tracks were to say the least Jon Bonham-ish maybe even historically unmatched you can decide.  Carolyn Mass was kind enough to lend a hand on synthesizer, she brought sax player Tommy LaBella of  Talkin Heads who did  a rippin sax track , James Damiano on vocals and acoustic guitar,  Jimmy Voltggio killed it on electric and Walter Yarborough smoked on bass.

Again another Damiano song stood out musically for it’s immense hard driving intensity. "Bury me in New York City" is the soundtrack for the video below.


In the mid 80’s Damiano recruited Big Danny Gallagher to do dobro work on his songs. Danny brought in Mario Phillips on electric. They recorded “Steel Guitars” originally titled “dignity”

Big Danny seen here with Bruce Springsteen was a great musician and very good friends with Bruce. Their friendship dates back as far as before Bruce was signed to CBS Records.

Bruce was actually living with Danny at the time he was signed to Columbia Records by John Hammond Sr.

Big Danny Gallagher and Bruce Springsteen

You can hear "Dignity " below by

Damiano went on to record “My Cousin JoAnn” a bona fide monster of a rock and roll song which is the sound track for the video below.

"My Cousin Joanne"

Other affiliataions Bob Solberg guitar (Buddy Miles of Jimi Hendrix) John Doores Sax (youngest person ever to be offered a seat on the Tommy Dorsey Orchastra) Steve Gadd (Steele Dan), Peter Hartung (Peter Hartung Band) Gary Rottger piano & keys (Frank Zappa & The Fat Boys) Brian Draigo Bass (Broccile Rabe Studios) Tim Freeman synth (Freeman Philly Records) and Jaco Pastorius.

Someday maybe
You’ll be able
To tell
The greatest story
Say the greatest line
Give the greatest
Find the greatest


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Don't ever let anyone tell you
You don't know what you're talkin about
It was you who fought
Mighty Battles
You alone fought
Horrendous bouts
Don't ever let anyone tell you
You don't know what you're talkin about
You alone were the victor
You alone knew know doubts
What do you have without faith
Without faith
You have nothin
You searched your whole life for a
A meaning that might mean
Somewhere in the
Back of your mine
Down the line
You may
Do someone kind
Somewhere in the back of
Your mind you may recall
If you never learned to
Live your faith
It's not faith
At all

Copyright Damano 88


Link to Court Docket

All inquiries about the Damiano / Dylan plagiarism lawsuit
should be sent to the e-mail address below.
Only attorney's may inquire as per order of the United States Federal Court

The following music analysis was prepared by Paul Greene who graduated Magma Cum Laude From Harvard and who has a doctorate in music composition. Doctor Greene's analysis was corroborated by Sebastian Courrier from Julliard and by Bon Jovi's piano teacher Harold Frazee who attended Berkely School of Music 

New Stuff "In Memory" Collaboration with one of the most accomplished musicians in the world.

 Settlement Letter written to Bob Dylan by Robert Church Esq.

June 16, 2009

Orin Snyder, Esq.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
200 Park Ave., 47th Floor
New York, NY  10166-0193

Steven D. Johnson, Esq.
Gibbons P.C.
1700 Two Logan Square     
18th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA  19103  

                                          Re: Damiano v. Dylan & Sony

                                                Case No. 95 CV 4795  

Dear Mr. Snyder and Mr. Johnson:   

      I am representing James Damiano on matters concerning his confidentiality order.  David Foley remains local counsel.  I commend both of you for the approach you took regarding the last Motion for Contempt. While you could have asked for more sanctions previously, you and your clients instead, waived all contempt sanctions in hopes to bring Mr. Damiano into a state of compliance with the confidential order.  I think it worked.     

      I notice Mr. Damiano, despite your gracious approach, still accuses Mr. Snyder of committing “fraud” on the court in his web postings.  I’ve expressed my distaste to Mr. Damiano for these postings, but I cannot control my clients’ behavior.  The simple truth is that Mr. Damiano has yet to hear any explanation from Bob Dylan as to his intent and objectives for arranging backstage meetings with Damiano, including July 1, 1988 at Jones Beach, just a few short months before Dylan recorded Dignity.

     The Jones Beach concert, the Waterloo Village concert, the Radio City concert and the Ovens Auditorium concerts are all a matter of court record in the case. The concerts were significant.  James Damiano delivered his songs to Bob Dylan at these concerts.  The only acknowledgement from Dylan was that the songs turned up on Bob Dylan's album.   

      It is also undisputed through the record of this court that an eleven year professional association existed between Mr. Damiano and Dylan affiliates through John Hammond Sr. Mikie Harris, Tony Tiller, Mitch Berman aka Elliot Mintz, Tom Masters, Frank Rand, Don Inner, Tony Martell, Jeff Rosen, and other people in Dylan's entourage.   Out of courtesy to you and your client we have not included any of the testimony that supports these statements.  

      I’ve asked Mr. Damiano how Mr. Snyder committed fraud on the court.  He replies that Orin signed his signature to briefs stating he was “delusional” in court papers.  He is most offended by the fact that the source of his copyright claims, i.e. the above mentioned facts were never addressed or denied by Bob Dylan himself. There was no affidavit by Mr. Dylan to the court and certainly no appearance.  

     The simple truth is that Mr. Damiano has yet to hear any explanation from Bob Dylan as to his intent and objectives for arranging backstage meetings with Damiano.  Should Damiano had known then the outcome of the eleven years that he worked with CBS  and Dylan affiliates he would have pursued a ifferent career. Something more profitable.  

      I believe Damiano’s claims regarding the concerts more than ever today.  Bob Dylan made that obscure statement about Buddy Holly at the Grammy Award Ceremony in 1998.  I cannot believe anything inspired him more than Damiano’s lawsuit to speak about the time Buddy looked at him from the stage.  Damiano was ridiculed in your court papers for alleging Dylan did the very same thing to him.   

      My purpose in writing is to propose a settlement of Mr. Damiano’s ongoing copyright claim against Dignity and literary rights of publishing everything he legally can about this case.  Mr. Damiano asked me to propose a settlement figure.   

      The incidents which occurred pertaining to this law suit concerning confidentiality are a bad representation of Mr. Damiano's character.

There are still people in this world who abide by their given word come hell or high water. I know Jim to be one on them. He is a man of his word.  

I do understand his behavior and how he felt when he did his posting campaign and I can say to you now that it was out of unfairness and a desire to correct the unfairness in his story. The James Damiano Bob Dylan Story.    

      I will not represent Mr. Damiano in a copyright infringement claim involving Dignity.  I don’t believe I’ll ever be able to afford the costs or time.  I also cannot assist Mr. Damiano in seeking a court modification of the confidentiality order to allow him to publish the eyewitness testimony of Brad Wright and Pam Damiano.  I have accepted employment in the past month which requires me to withdraw from the case before any further representation is required.    

     Why should Dylan pay Damiano anything?  I suggest he do it for the same reason CBS records invested in Dylan’s first recording.  They took a risk, and it paid dividends.  If Mr. Dylan treats Damiano with respect, by paying him for the songs he requested in 1988, Damiano will be grateful.  The Internet campaign will end.  Mr. Dylan’s reputation will improve.  Most of all, Dylan can find peace of mind about this case.   

      I don’t believe you’ve enjoyed going to court asking for contempt sanctions, and I don’t believe you’re happy that Mr. Damiano is complying with the confidentiality order.  I believe you want him to stop claiming Mr. Dylan used his material dishonestly and publishing this theme indefinitely.     

      Bob Dylan is in the news again.  The Associated Press released reports about a poem Dylan penned when he was 16.  Some believe he plagiarized a song by Hank Snow.  Frankly, I don’t care.  Other people do, however.  The press has picked up the Damiano claims, and it is eating away at their respect for Mr. Dylan.      

      We can all join sides to memorialize Dylan as a positive force for good in American history.  I’ll suggest a price (for lack of a better word).  Mr. Damiano’s literary silence regarding his case along with a release of his copyright claim will cost $450,000.  Please let me know if the offer is accepted or rejected.  

      If Mr. Dylan doesn’t believe he should pay Mr. Damiano any financial settlement for his offenses, may I ask that he at least explain to Jim what his backstage meetings were really about.  Heaven knows I have tried to help Damiano make peace with himself about this case.   I'm sure it's hard for Jim.

      It has also come to my attention that Nick Kuntz has written a letter to Mr. Damiano stating that his deposition material was misconstrued by the defense.  

      I will be filing a Motion to Withdraw for Mr. Foley and myself if this letter does not produce a settlement.  Mr. Damiano will seek a modification of the confidentiality order upon our exit, unless the Judge orders otherwise.    

      I have one other matter.  Mr. Damiano informs me that Steven Kramer had several boxes of songs delivered to Parcher & Hayes during the discovery phase of his case against Dylan.  Mr. Kramer never made copies of the documents, since I am presuming he felt pressed to comply with an overdue discovery request.  Mr. Damiano informs me that he has never had all the original songs returned to his possession, even though the case is over.  If you don’t mind, please explain what you can recall about Mr. Damiano’s song production.  Do you still have songs unaccounted for?  Can they be returned?   

     I reiterate out of courtesy to you and your client we have not included any of the testimony, or documents,  that supports these statements. 

There are many other facts I can mention like the Mikie Harris letter which I believe say's it all.

Sincerely Robert Church

We have published links to plagiarisms like "Knock Knock Knockin On Heavens Door" and "Helpless Helpless Helpless" written and released by Neil Young years before Dylan's release.

One of the most revealing Bob Dylan plagiarisms is John Fogerty's melody of "Down On The Corner" released in 1969 and Dylan's melody of "Shelter From The Storm" released in 1984 Anyone who is familiar with these songs can hear the exact melody between the two songs.

Bob Dylan's "Shelter From The Storm"

It was in another lifetime one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness a creature void of form
"Come in" she said "I'll give you shelter from the storm".

compared to:

"John Fogerty's Down On The Corner"

Early in the evening, just about suppertime
Over by the courthouse, they're startin' to unwind
Poor kids on the corner tryin' to bring you up
Willie picks a tune out and he knows they gonna start



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