— Former ABBA stars Björn Ulvaeus and Benny
Andersson said Monday they have reached a settlement with a Swedish
playwright in a copyright dispute over one of their musicals. In
a joint statement, the two musicians and Carl-Johan Seth said they had
requested the case be recalled from an appeals court that was supposed
to hear it this week.
Both sides had been feuding over who wrote
the script for the musical "Kristina from Duvemåla", which has been
seen by more than one million people in Sweden.
Seth appealed a
lower court ruling last year in favour of Andersson and Ulvaeus, who
rejected Seth's claims that he was the main writer of the script.
both sides agreed to drop the case after reaching a settlement that
made it possible to "move on as friends," Monday's statement said. It
did not give other details.
Seth's lawyer, Staffan Michelson,
said his client's reputation as a playwright has been "completely
restored" and that the scheduled court hearing this Wednesday had been
The musical is based on novels by Swedish writer
Wilhelm Moberg, which depict the journey by Swedish emigrants to the
U.S. in 1850.
ABBA, which also included singers Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, gained worldwide fame in the 1970s and early 1980s.