Bandleader Wylie Seeks $5 Million for Purloined Yodel

Wylie Gustafson, of Wylie & the Wild West fame, has slapped Yahoo Inc. with a $5 million lawsuit alleging unlawful use of his yodel. His lawsuit alleges that he was hired in 1996 to create a yodel for a TV commercial launching Yahoo’s IPO. The suit maintains that he was paid $590 for one-time use of his vocal rendering and that the company has continued to use it without his permission thousands of times. Yahoo has declined to comment on the matter. 04/19/02