Disgraced ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner doesn’t need any more enemies, but he got one on Friday when an American composer learned the 72-year-old Trinidadian illegally used his music in a video directed toward comedian John Oliver on Thursday.
“This video was brought to my attention by an email from a concerned fan that recognized my original music in the background,” Greg Dombrowski told The Washington Post. Dombrowski runs Secession Studios in Los Angeles, which most recently composed the music for the “Steve Jobs” film trailer. “Needless to say I was absolutely shocked and appalled that he stole my music to suit his corrupt agenda.”
Dombrowski, a soccer fan and supporter of MLS team L.A. Galaxy, said he’s contacted his legal team to discuss options and “they’re currently working on it.”
His goal isn’t to get money from Warner, but the opposite.
“I would not take any offer,” he said, speaking of Warner. Instead, he wants his music, which he suspects Warner found via YouTube, to be removed from his video because “the message he puts out is something I stand against.”
Warner was one of nine top-level FIFA officials and five sports marketing executives indicted on corruption charges by the U.S. Department of Justice last month. The allegations against Warner are particularly distasteful. Not only has he been accused of taking a $10 million bribe in exchange for supporting South Africa’s bid for the 2010 World Cup that was held in South Africa, but Warner has also been accused of taking $750,000 from funds donated to Haitian earthquake relief by FIFA and the Korean Soccer Association.
On that note, Dombrowski finds it particularly ironic that Warner would choose this particular piece of music to lift. The 28-year-old Wisconsin native said he composed the piece, simply called “Epic and Dramatic Trailer Music,” in 2011 with thoughts about “uplifting humanity” in his mind.
“I am very passionate about my work and create music to have a positive impact on the world,” he said. “It absolutely breaks my heart to see it being used in this absolutely negative and heinous context.”
Dombrowski says he’s also concerned about the video’s impact on his career, which he says took off just four years ago.
“I’m worried my clients seeing it used in a context like this could hurt the music,” he said, calling the entire ordeal “frightening.”
Dombrowki did admit there could be one possible upside to all this, however, after I brought up the likelihood of John Oliver, who recently bought airtime on Trinidadian television to appeal to Warner to flip on FIFA President Sepp Blatter, hearing his work.
When asked if Dombrowski would consider composing a dramatic piece of music for Oliver should he want it for a future video, Dombrowski laughed and said, “If he wanted a score, I would be so all over that. That would be hilarious.”