WHEN IS A HIT SONG AN ORIGINAL, A TRIBUTE OR JUST PLAGIARISM?
Posted on Jan 28 2011 by Greg
One of the most famous lawsuits regarding intellectual property occurred when George Harrison
's hit "My Sweet Lord" was found to be remarkably similar to The Chiffons
' "He's So Fine." Harrison lost the case and paid a penalty, though now both songs remain pop classics.
There have been other cases, too. Ever listen to a song or a some music and think "That sure sounds like so-and-so." Apparently others do too, and BBC Radio just did a 30 minute examination of such situations in The Honest Musician's Fear of Accidental Plagiarism
hosts with comments from other music makers including Tim Rice
, who does not make any mention of the TV series Kimba, The White Lion
. Maybe he never saw it, either.