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Sam Smith Settles Copyright With Tom Petty

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Sam Smith vs. Tom Petty

Wow. This actually happened! Tom Petty and ELO’s Jeff Lynne have been added to Sam Smith’s hit “Stay With Me”. Coincidence or not, the internet has been talking about this one for a while. Here’s a snippet from RollingStone.com

Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Sam Smith had quietly and amicably settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the likeness between Smith’s three-time Grammy-nominated “Stay With Me” and Petty’s Full Moon Fever hit “I Won’t Back Down,” co-written with ELO’s Jeff Lynne. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Smith’s reps have confirmed that “Stay With Me” is now co-credited to Petty and Lynne, adding that while there are undeniable “similarities” between the two singles, it was a “complete coincidence.” – RollingStone.com

And here is the music:

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" (2014)

Tom Petty - "I Won't Back Down" (1989)

See more Tom Petty on this site:

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Original post: Sam Smith vs. Tom Petty

Paramore vs. Tenspoke Indies

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Thanks to  Travis for sending this no-brainer in.

Back in 2010 Paramore was sued by a little known Florida-based band called Tenspoke Indies. Paramore’s “The Only Exception” (2009) bears a striking resemblance to Tenspoke’s 2006 “Starlighter”. The lawsuit was later dropped most likely because a fledgling band could not possibly afford the fight (or there was a settlement behind closed doors.. we’ll never know!).

. . .The Tenspoke Indies is suing not only Paramore and its Los Angeles-based members Hayley Williams, Josh and Zac Farro, Taylor York and Jeremy Davis, but also Paramore’s label, Fueled by Ramen, recording giant Atlantic Records and its parent company, Warner Music Group . . .

. . . “It’s clear that these songs sound nothing alike and that there is absolutely no merit to this lawsuit. We will fight this vigorously,” Fueled By Ramen, Atlantic Records and Paramore’s management said in a joint statement . . .

. . . The Tenspoke Indies claim in their suit that Paramore had access to “Starlighter” because it was released in 2006 on a four-song album and got national exposure when the indie group reached the finals in the Zippo Hot Tour for upcoming bands. . .

source: www.pennlive.com

3/21/2012 Lawsuit Dropped

We’d like to let Paramore fans know that yesterday the frivolous lawsuit claiming Paramore plagiarized another band’s work regarding ‘The Only Exception’ was officially dropped. There was never a doubt in our minds that the case would go any further, as this song, which Paramore wrote every note of, is very personal to them and one they are extremely proud of.

source: www.paramore.net

 

It doesn’t look like Tenspoke Indies are active. Here is a link to their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tenspoke-Indies/181556982165

Tenspoke Indies - "Starlighter" (2006)
Paramore - "The Only Exception" (2009)

Robin Thicke Lied About Writing “Blurred Lines”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

In an unusual twist to an already unusual situation Robin Thicke apparently lied about writing “Blurred Lines” (2013) for which he was previously called out on for its similarity to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” (1977). And in turn sued the Gaye camp for those claims to protect himself. So did he even write the track? Well he certainly wanted credit for it. Here are some quotes I grabbed from this article on Mashable.

“I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio,” he said. “So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.”

Here are the two tracks in full:

Marvin Gaye – “Got to Give it Up” (1977)

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (2013)

For the original post about this check out Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye

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