We thought we had heard the last of this debacle in April when Bassnectar gave a full apology to visual animator Max Hattler, over the alleged unintended use of his intellectual and creative property in his sets. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case as Hattler has just filed a lawsuit against Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, in the District Court of California.

The lawsuit acknowledges that members of Ashton’s team initially reached out to Hattler for permission to use his visual animations; yet after he declined, the suit asserts that Ashton “nevertheless incorporated portions of Hattler’s “Sync” and “1923 aka Heaven,” into his performances, exhibiting and displaying both original and modified forms of Hattler’s work without a license or authorization.”

Hattler is suing for enhanced damage and penalties “in an amount to be established at trial.”

Dr. Max Hattler VS. Lorin Ashton



Image via DTM Photography