Paramore vs. Tenspoke Indies

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. . .


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.



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

Tenspoke Indies - "Starlighter" (2006)
Paramore - "The Only Exception" (2009)
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6 Replies to “Paramore vs. Tenspoke Indies”

  1. Benji

    “Paramore vs. Tenspoke Indies” by Keith (December 5th, 2014)

    The letters “vs.” stand for the Latin abbreviation of “versus”, meaning “against”. Thus, if “Tenspoke Indies” sued (as the article implies), then the lawsuit should be named “Tenspoke Indies vs. Paramore”, not the other way around.

    First you name the plaintiff (the person or entity who initiates the lawsuit), and then you name the defendant (the person or entity against whom the legal action is brought in a Court of Justice).

    It does look like members (or ex-members) of the “Tenspoke Indies” are active, just look for “Very Americans” at, or check out the mother of all books (thanks to Benji for sending this no-brainer in):

    Just my 2 cents, thanks for the info!

    1. Keith Post author

      Thanks Benji!
      I’m admittedly careless with the ordering of my titles. Or sometimes I just put the more popular artist first. They’re generally not related to the legal order of things but maybe I should be more consistent.

      1. Mark Adams

        I wondered how it worked. At first I thought the more recent artist was named first with these posts, but not always. And Benji, most of the posts on this site don’t even concern court cases.

  2. Dj

    I just found this page bit if anyone is still interested Richard of tenspoke indies (they were Harry Dash back then) was my guitar teacher and friend for years in HS and they did in fact settle out of court after they were able to prove the same sound engineer was working on both songs just a month or so apart which was enough to spook the lawyers. Let’s just say, he doesn’t need to teach lessons anymore lol

  3. Travis

    ive begun posting my own quick similarities on youtube.. going through what i gave you(not gonna steal anything i didnt submit unlike a certain site that shall not be named)


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