Acccording to a story on PR Newswire, Tom Waits has won his law suit in Spain, establishing his moral rights in a case brought against car manufacturer Volkswagen-Audi and a Spanish production company for adapting one of Waits' songs and impersonating his voice in a television commercial. The source of this item is listed as ,,Tom Waits''.
The BBC quotes a Waits' spokesman as saying the singer received ,,several thousand euros'' compensation from the car firm and advert producer. A quote from the man himself after the ruling: ,,Now they understand the words to the song better. It wasn't Innocent When You Scheme, it was Innocent When You Dream.''
On January 19, 1993, The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a $2.5 million award to Tom Waits in the Frito-Lay case (pdf) over use of a ``sound alike`` artist to mimic his voice in a 1988 television commercial.