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Old 12-06-16, 04:27 AM
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Here's another one. Just realized tonight while listening to "The Wall"...


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I love Third World. They totally jumped the Prince bandwagon with their 1985 song Sense of Purpose. They put When Doves Cry through the grinder and added a bit of their own flavor.
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U2 accused of ripping off guitarist’s song: suit

From nypost.com:

A British guitarist and songwriter is suing U2 and its front man Bono claiming that the famous band stole one of his songs for their 1991 album “Achtung Baby.”

Paul Rose said U2 lifted multiple elements of his song “Nae Slappin” for their hit song “The Fly” at a time when they were desperately searching for a new sound.

“An ordinary lay observer would reasonably find that the songs are substantially similar and that an infringement has occurred,” Rose claimed in his Manhattan federal court lawsuit.

He is seeking $5 million in damages, lawyers’ fees and songwriting credit for “The Fly.”

U2 heard Rose’s “Nae Slappin” after it signed on with record company Island Records in 1989 — the same year Rose had provided a demo tape to recording studio’s executives, who listened to it often in their offices, the lawsuit said

At the time, U2 was trying to reinvent itself and the band was listening to lots of different music as inspiration, the lawsuit said.

“Although perhaps the most popular rock band in the world in the 1980s, by that decade’s end the band felt in need of reinvigoration,” Rose’s lawsuit claimed.

What they ended up coming up with was a new version of “Nae Slapping,” including “an elaborate and distinctive guitar solo nearly identical to” Rose’s song, the lawsuit said.

Rose’s lawyer, Thomas Mullaney, said his client is only coming forward now — some 26 years later — because he was just starting out at the time of the alleged theft and he didn’t want it to ruin his career.

Rose also only recently found an ex-Island Records employee who will corroborate his story, including that “Nae Slappin” was often played at Island records when U2 was looking for inspiration of “Achtung Baby,” Mullaney said.

A representative for U2 did not return a request for comment. Island Records, which was also sued, also did not return a request for comment.

http://nypost.com/2017/02/27/u2-accu...sts-song-suit/
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It's a chorus-only distinction, but One Direction does a pretty blatant Def Leppard rip-off here



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There's an industrial artist by the name of KANGA who put out an album last year. Most of her album is thinly disguised "homages" to various Nine Inch Nails songs.
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I've always been a casual fan of ELO but recently have been listening to them alot. Huey Lewis' "Do You Believe in Love" is a total rip-off of "Sweet Talkin' Woman".
Huey even pretty much copied the opening lyrics:

Do You Believe in Love:
"I was walking down a one way street
Just a lookin' for someone to meet"

Sweet Talkin' Woman:
"I was searchin' (searchin') on a one-way street
I was hopin' (hopin') for a chance to meet"


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Re: Songs that are ripoffs of other songs...

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U2 accused of ripping off guitarist’s song: suit

From nypost.com:

A British guitarist and songwriter is suing U2 and its front man Bono claiming that the famous band stole one of his songs for their 1991 album “Achtung Baby.”

Paul Rose said U2 lifted multiple elements of his song “Nae Slappin” for their hit song “The Fly” at a time when they were desperately searching for a new sound.

“An ordinary lay observer would reasonably find that the songs are substantially similar and that an infringement has occurred,” Rose claimed in his Manhattan federal court lawsuit.

He is seeking $5 million in damages, lawyers’ fees and songwriting credit for “The Fly.”

U2 heard Rose’s “Nae Slappin” after it signed on with record company Island Records in 1989 — the same year Rose had provided a demo tape to recording studio’s executives, who listened to it often in their offices, the lawsuit said

At the time, U2 was trying to reinvent itself and the band was listening to lots of different music as inspiration, the lawsuit said.

“Although perhaps the most popular rock band in the world in the 1980s, by that decade’s end the band felt in need of reinvigoration,” Rose’s lawsuit claimed.

What they ended up coming up with was a new version of “Nae Slapping,” including “an elaborate and distinctive guitar solo nearly identical to” Rose’s song, the lawsuit said.

Rose’s lawyer, Thomas Mullaney, said his client is only coming forward now — some 26 years later — because he was just starting out at the time of the alleged theft and he didn’t want it to ruin his career.

Rose also only recently found an ex-Island Records employee who will corroborate his story, including that “Nae Slappin” was often played at Island records when U2 was looking for inspiration of “Achtung Baby,” Mullaney said.

A representative for U2 did not return a request for comment. Island Records, which was also sued, also did not return a request for comment.

http://nypost.com/2017/02/27/u2-accu...sts-song-suit/
I'm a little dubious that U2 would have to go to the record company for musical inspiration, but if he has real evidence that U2 really did hear his song before recording Achtung Baby, I think he might have a case.

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I don't think I'd consider it a rip-off, but David Bowie's "Modern Love" has long reminded me of "Gorgon" by NWOBHM band Angelwitch.


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Truth by Pip Blom


Credit to the artist for still adding their own catchy lo fi garage twist to it. But this song is basically a mashup of Song 2 by Blur and Polly and Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
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Originally Posted by JZ1276 View Post
I've always been a casual fan of ELO but recently have been listening to them alot. Huey Lewis' "Do You Believe in Love" is a total rip-off of "Sweet Talkin' Woman".
Huey even pretty much copied the opening lyrics:

Do You Believe in Love:
"I was walking down a one way street
Just a lookin' for someone to meet"

Sweet Talkin' Woman:
"I was searchin' (searchin') on a one-way street
I was hopin' (hopin') for a chance to meet"
That opening refrain, which is repeated mid-song, is uncannily similar in sound and text, but I find the rest of the ELO song sounds nothing like "Do You Believe in Love".
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New Trial Ordered in "Stairway to Heaven" Copyright Lawsuit

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SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered a new trial in a lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of copying an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven." A federal court jury in Los Angeles two years ago found Led Zeppelin did not steal the famous riff from the song "Taurus" by the band Spirit.

But a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the lower court judge provided erroneous jury instructions that misled jurors about copyright law central the suit. It sent the case back to the court for another trial.

Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, filed the lawsuit against Led Zeppelin in 2015.

Jurors returned their verdict for Led Zeppelin after a five-day trial at which band members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant testified. Page and Plant, who wrote the "Stairway" lyrics, said their creation was an original, and in several hours of often-animated and amusing testimony, described the craft behind one of rock's best-known songs.

In 2016, Page testified that his chord progression in the song is a common one, comparing "Stairway" to a "Mary Poppins" song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee." He said the chord sequences "are very similar because that chord sequence has been around forever."

The jury found "Stairway to Heaven" and "Taurus" were not substantially similar, according the 9th Circuit ruling.

But U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner failed to advise jurors that while individual elements of a song such as its notes or scale may not qualify for copyright protection, a combination of those elements may if it is sufficiently original, 9th Circuit Judge Richard Paez said.

Klausner also wrongly told jurors that copyright does not protect chromatic scales, arpeggios or short sequences of three notes, the 9th Circuit panel found.

"This error was not harmless as it undercut testimony by Skidmore's expert that Led Zeppelin copied a chromatic scale that had been used in an original manner," Paez said.

The panel also found another jury instruction misleading. Francis Malofiy, an attorney for Skidmore, said in a statement his client faced "unfair rulings at the trial court level" and looked forward "to the challenge of a fair fight."

"Today, we are proud that three esteemed jurists from the 9th Circuit recognized the battle that we fought and the injustice that we faced," he said.

One of the issues that came up at trial was that jurors could only listen to experts' renditions of the sheet music for "Taurus," not the recorded version of the song as performed by Spirit. Steven Weinberg, a copyright lawyer who watched the trial, said the sheet music for "Taurus" wasn't faithful to the recording, so jurors could not fairly compare the songs.

The 9th Circuit in its ruling Friday said jurors should have been allowed to hear the recording to help establish that Page had "access" to "Taurus," meaning he would have been familiar with it.

Weinberg said a new jury will now get to hear a recording of "Taurus."

"I believe that ruling alone has the potential of changing the outcome at the next trial because the jury will finally get to compare 'apples to apples,' he said.

A phone message left with an attorney for Led Zeppelin, Peter Anderson, was not immediately returned.

Carter Evans contributed to this report.

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Here's another one. Just realized tonight while listening to "The Wall"...

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I did not catch the crappy band or song title but a song came on the radio and the intro sounded just like the bass intro of Nine Inch Nails Only. I turned it up and was ticked, it is some new-punk, millennial-generic-alternative shite.
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Cooper's legal team sued Kiss and they won. I want to say that Kiss ended up paying low six-figures, I think.
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