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Megadeth investigating Christmas competition plagiarism claim

6/16/2014
Megadeth investigating Christmas competition plagiarism claim © WENN Megadeth investigating Christmas competition plagiarism claim

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The members of Megadeth are investigating a winner of the band's Christmas card contest after an accusation that the winner submitted the work of another artist.

The rockers invite fans to submit original illustrations over the holidays, and the top 10 all get a prize, while the best entrant receives a phone call on Christmas Day from frontman Dave Mustaine, along with other rewards.

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This year, however, the winner is believed to have passed off the work of another artist as his own, and the bandmates were completely unaware until it was spotted by an eagle-eyed fan in Brazil.

A posting on Megadeth.com reads, "Although we were notified of the possible plagiarism by an anonymous fan in Brazil after the Christmas Day call was already placed, we are investigating this matter further.

"We stand by the fact that the chosen winner is innocent until proven guilty, and if our winner did indeed use someone else's artwork, we will be notifying the second-place winner to award him the first place prize and he will receive a phone call from Dave Mustaine. We hope to clear this up as quick as possible."

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