The court says Moore’s solo sounds too much like one in “Nordrach,” a 1974 song by German band Jud’s Gallery.

The song wasn’t in print in 1990 but the court decided there was no way Moore didn’t copy it, according to Reuters

Moore may have only heard it live or on the radio, but too bad. He can appeal the decision but in the meantime has been ordered to pay damages. The amount hasn’t been set.

Jud’s Gallery bandleader Juergen Winter brought the case.  Moore played with Thin Lizzy for only a few months in 1974 and then in 1978-79.

The song is from Moore’s album of the same name and was apparently pretty successful.

Gary Moore and the guitar solo in question.