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Singer Says She Never Gave Permission

NASHVILLE (CN) - Nashville singer-songwriter Melissa Fuller claims Danny Coggin and New Vision Digital used her voice without permission on a remix called "Love Confusion" and made more than $150,000 from it. She says she never gave Coggin permission to sell her recording of the song because she finds it "distasteful and contrary to her values."

In her federal complaint, Fuller sung on some demos for recording engineer Michael Mansion, for which she was paid $75. But she says she never gave anyone permission to sell the demos or her image.

She says she found the sexual and drug references in "Love Confusion" particularly offensive and did not want to be connected to it.

Fuller says she found out in February 2009 Fuller that Coggin was selling a remixed version of the song that he advertised as "Love Confusion featuring Melissa Fuller." Fuller says the ads featured a picture taken from her MySpace page.

She says "Love Confusion" was a No. 1 dance hit in the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia, and has made Coggin more than $150,000.

Fuller seeks an injunction and damages for privacy violations, consumer law violations and false designation.

She is represented by Samuel Miller with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

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