Pitbull & Ke$ha vs. Lee Oskar


This one just came across my desk. Apparently Lee Oskar never authorized the use of his”San Francisco Bay” harmonica melody in Pitbull’s “Timber”. It looks like this particular case below deals specifically with international use.

Pitbull ft. Ke$ha - "Timber" (2013)
Lee Oskar - "San Francisco Bay" (1978)

Some press on the issue:

On June 25, 2014, it was reported that songwriters Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar, and Greg Errico had filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of “Timber”, which features a harmonica melody that Oskar claims is “identical” to the melody used in his 1978 song “San Francisco Bay”. The songwriters are seeking $3 million USD in damages. The lawsuit alleges that while Sony Music may have obtained permission to use the sample, which is credited in the album notes for Meltdown, from a license holder, the label failed to obtain permission from the songwriters themselves.

Here is some legal talk:

In copyright infringement action arising out of international release of song “Timber” by performing artists Pitbull and Kesha, district court dismisses claims against Sony Music Entertainment, which obtained license from co-owner of allegedly infringed work, but denies motion to dismiss claims that Sony’s foreign affiliates infringed plaintiffs’ work under foreign law.

Plaintiffs, the co-authors of “San Francisco Bay,” a 1978 song performed by Lee Oskar Levitin featuring a distinctive harmonica riff, sued Sony Music Entertainment and other domestic entities, as well as Sony’s foreign affiliates, for domestic and foreign copyright infringement following the international release of the song “Timber” by rapper Pitbull and pop star Kesha. Plaintiffs alleged that the song contains the same harmonica solo and melody as “San Francisco Bay” and that the “Timber” harmonica player was, in fact, specifically instructed to emulate Levitin’s harmonica riff. Plaintiffs also alleged that the domestic defendants made the song “available” to the foreign defendants, which, in turn, released “Timber” in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Canada, Australia, France and South Korea. All defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim, and the foreign defendants also moved to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and on the basis of forum non conveniens. The court granted dismissal of only the claims against the U.S. defendants.
– Levitin v. Sony Music Entertainment – USDC, Southern District of New York, April 22, 2015


Take note guys. It takes SIXTEEN (16) people to write a song these days.  Here is what is listed on Wikipedia. Lee Oskar is on there although I don’t know if that is official. But wait… look who else is on there:

Kesha Sebert
Armando C. Pérez
Lukasz Gottwald <<<< This Guy
Aaron Davis Arnold
Priscilla Hamilton
Jamie Sanderson
Breyan Stanley Isaac
Henry Walter
Pebe Sebert
Lee Oskar
Keri Oskar
Greg Errico
Steve Arrington
Charles Carter
Waung Hankerson
Roger Parker

More Kesha

Flo Rida vs. Katy Perry vs. Kesha

Kesha vs. Flo Rida vs. Taio Cruz

Kesha vs. Alphaville

Ke$ha vs. The Residents

Chrissy vs. Ke$ha

More Pitbull

Pitbull vs. Aerosmith and Run DMC

Flo Rida vs. Katy Perry vs. Kesha

Kesha vs. Katy Perry vs. Flo Rida

Bryant pointed out on Facebook that Flo Rida‘s 2011 “Who Dat Girl” sounds a lot like Kesha’s “Tik Tok” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” (both of which have appeared on this site before). I’m not sure how I didn’t catch this one before. Maybe I just thought it was the same song :) .  By the way, all three of these tracks are produced by … drum roll please…

Dr. Luke!

There are numerous other Katy Perry, Kesha and Flo Rida posts on the site. Follow the links below the music.

Flo Rida - "Who Dat Girl" (2011)

Katy Perry - "California Gurls" (2010)

Ke$ha - "Tik Tok" (2009)

Flo Rida – “Good Feeling” (2011) vs. Ke$ha – “Die Young” (2012) (this is not a mistake)

Ke$ha – “Tik Tok” (2009) vs. Katy Perry – “California Gurls” (2010)

Kesha – “Kiss n Tell” (2010) vs. Alphaville – “Forever Young” (1984)

Had enough? OK, one more!

Katy Perry – “California Gurls” (2010) vs. Ke$ha – “Tik Tok” (2009) vs. Miley Cyrus – “Permanent December” (2010) vs. Justice – “The Party” (2009)


10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs

10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs

Research shows that putting a number in the title will generate 50% more clicks.* Research also shows that One Direction songs sound a lot like other songs.**

* I made that up, but it’s probably something like that
** That research is what you can listen to below

VS The Clash

The Clash vs. One Direction on ThatSongSoundsLike.com
Submitted by Alex via the facebook page

If you look really closely at the cover of The Clash‘s Combat Rock (1982) you will see the boy band One Direction in the background. This explains it all.

One Direction - "Live While We're Young" (2012)

The Clash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (1982)

VS Big Time Rush

One Direction - "Heart Attack" (2012)

Big Time Rush - "Song For You" (2013)

VS Avril Lavigne

One Direction - "Last First Kiss" (2012)

Avril Lavigne - "Wish You Were Here" (2011)

VS Chris Medina

One Direction - "They Don't Know About Us (Intro)" (2012)

One Direction - "They Don't Know About Us (Chorus)" (2012)

Chris Medina - "What Are Words" (2011)

After listening to these Taylor Dayne‘s 1987 hit “Tell It to My Heart” also comes to mind:

Taylor Dayne - "Tell It to My Heart" (1987)

VS Grease Soundtrack

submitted by Sam and Ilan

One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful" (2011)

Grease - "Summer Nights" (1978)

VS The Who

One Direction - "Best Song Ever " (2013)

The Who - "Baba O'Riley (aka Teenage Wasteland) " (1971)

VS Queen

submitted by James C.

One Direction - "Rock Me" (2012)

Queen - "We Will Rock You" (1977)

A homage? Perhaps. But take note, this track is produced by our old friend Dr. Luke

VS Red (also stylized R3D)

submitted by “Secret Secret”

One Direction - "More Than This" (2012)

Red - "Never Be the Same" (2008)

VS Taio Cruz

submitted by La La La

One Direction - "Stole My Heart (chorus)" (2011)

Taio Cruz - "Dynamite (chorus)" (2010)

Might as well compare the intros too…

One Direction - "Stole My Heart (into)" (2011)

Taio Cruz - "Dynamite (intro)" (2010)

And don’t forget these from this post.

Chris Brown - "Yeah 3X" (2010)

Calvin Harris - "I'm Not Alone" (2009)

DJ Sammy - "Heaven" (2002)

VS Kelly Clarkson

submitted by La La La

The least you can do is change the name of the song.

One Direction - "Strong" (2013)

Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger" (2012)



One Direction “Night Changes” Sounds Like a Lot of Songs

One Direction vs. Rick Springfield


Some more if you want to keep digging:
“Crazy Cakes” submitted:
One Direction “Save You Tonight” vs. Erasure “Always”

La La La also submitted:
One Direction “I Want” vs. Feist “My Moon, My Man”
One Direction – “Na Na Na” vs. High School Musical 2: ‘All for One’
One Direction – “Gotta Be You” vs. The Verve “BitterSweet Symphony”