Trent Reznor Accused Of Song Theft

August 22, 1997 12:00 AM ET

And if it isn't Oasis' label, Creation Records, stopping fans from creating websites, it's other online users who are accusing musicians of stealing songs. Trent Reznor, the lead singer of Nine Inch Nails and founder of Nothing Records, was slapped with a federal complaint by Mark Nicholas Onofrio, a musician who said he met Reznor online and introduced him to six of his songs.

The relationship began in an online chat room where Onofrio claims he asked Reznor to listen to his songs. Reznor reportedly agreed and Onofrio supposedly sent the tapes to Reznor's Los Angeles home.

Now Onofrio claims five of the songs appeared on Nine Inch Nails' album Downward Spiral, and the other, titled "Burn," ended up on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack.

However, Sioux Z., Reznor's publicist at Formula PR, said that while she is aware of the accusation, they haven't been served any papers on the matter. She said, "I have no comment at this time since we really don't know what's going on with it."

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