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L.A. Lakers Sued

Accused of Song Piracy

Da Da Dad Danta Da -- CHARGE!!

3/16/2012 7:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Los Angeles Lakers are accused of ripping off the famous "charge cheer," which sports enthusiasts know as "Da Da Dad Danta Da."

Bobby Kent claims he concocted the chant in 1980, while he was working as a musical director for the San Diego Chargers. 

Kent says he liked it so much, he immediately registered the copyright for the song. 

Kent claims when he realized the Lakers were using his tune at its games, he contacted management in 2010 and they paid him $3,000 for a one-year license.

That license, Kent says, has expired, but the beat goes on ... and he's pissed enough to sue.

Kent is asking for $150,000 for every time the Lakers used the song since the license allegedly expired.

But we've done some independent research here at TMZ which might affect Kent's claim he wrote the "charge" ditty. First, "The Flintsones" TV show used it back in the '60s.

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Also, a similar "charge" bugle call was used in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimean War in 1854.

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Sooo ... Da Da Dad Danta Da -- CHARGE!!!

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33 COMMENTS

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1.

Jay W.     

Looking for some E-Z money...

954 days ago
2.

Stacy    

think that lyric is short a couple of Da's

954 days ago
3.

Mark    

Is he claiming copyright on the very end of the bit, or the combination of the chord progressions ahead of it with the charge tone.

If the claim of copyright and the use includes the chord progression, the Lakers may be in trouble.

954 days ago
4.

Melissa    

The 2 youtube videos are irrelevant if they were not copyrighted after being recorded/aired. This dude was smart for being the first to get the copyright.

954 days ago
5.

Billy    

Actually I believe my Uncle created the song. Tommy Walker - He was the kicker / Band conductor for USC back in the day, he would play in the band and change into uniform and kick extra points for the football team. There have been several articles confirming he was the creator. Including ESPN

954 days ago
6.

Pimpcessa    

Ummm, he might want to know that it was also played at every Florida Marlins baseball game too. This guy is full of s h i t!

954 days ago
7.

Fuck Celebrities    

That's been done at NHL games since at least the early 60s.

954 days ago
8.

SCOTT IN HOUSTON     

THE ASTRODOME SCOREBOARD,THE FIRST BIG SCREEN AND LARGEST,
AT THE TIME, MADE THE ASTRODOME MORE MEMORABLE THEN THE SIZE
AND ITS ROOF.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzKpQyOR03Q

954 days ago
9.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Everyone looking for a handout. Write a new one, I mean how hard can that be? I'll write em one for 5 thou. Here's one: Score some points you freaking lazy overpaid deadbeats

954 days ago
10.

Kabala    

Fred and Barney said "Charge IT" Wilma and Betty said that also.

954 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

Copyright's are a strange thing. Who would think that "Happy Birthday", yes "Happy Birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday dear whatever, happy birthday to you" is still under copyright?

That being said, if this guy has a NOTE FOR NOTE copyright that the Lakers have taped and use constantly, he has a valid argument. not for the ending of course, but for the rising figure that goes stepwise at the beginning.

954 days ago
12.

Brad    

That "charge" tune was also used by "Scrappy-doo" from the scooby doo cartoons. I think that was dated 1978

954 days ago
13.

Mumra the Ever Living    

What a wonder Thomas Edison's Machine was. A voice and a trumpet call from a man dead for a hundred years. Recorded over 120 years ago - amazing.

954 days ago
14.

SCOTT IN HOUSTON    

THE HOUSTON ASTROS FROM DAY ONE IN THE OLD ASTRODOME AND
THEIR BIG SCREEN HAVE USED THE CHARGE AND PROBABLY HAVE
MORE PUBLICITY FOR IT THEN ANY OTHER USER, SINCE 1965.
THIS PROCEEDS ANY 1980 CLAIM IN SAN DIEGO.

954 days ago
15.

alex    

who freakin' cares? the lakers, ie one mr jerry buss, showed what kind of people they are when they traded the SIXTH MAN of the YEAR and now FISH. Go away, Busses... you suck.

953 days ago
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