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Songs that have resulted in lawsuits, either for lyrics or for borrowing too much of the music.

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"Alone Again," Biz Markie
Not only had this song sampled the entirety of "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan, but Gilbert had also denied Biz the right to sample it. The resulting lawsuit made it a requirement for artists to gain permission and also pay royalties to be able to sample one of their songs.
"Amish Paradise," Weird Al Yankovic
I do not know all the details about this lawsuit but I do know that Coolio sued Weird Al for making a parody of his song, "Gangster's Paradise".
"Amish Paradise," Weird Al Yankovic
A classic case of misunderstanding: Coolio's label gave Yankovic the impression that Coolio had granted permission to record the parody, but Coolio maintains that he never did. While Coolio claimed he was upset, legal action never materialized, and Coolio accepted royalty payments for the song. After this controversy, Yankovic has always made sure to speak directly with the artist of every song he parodied. At the XM Satellite Radio booth at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show Yankovic and Coolio made peace. On his website, Yankovic wrote of this event, "I don't remember what we said to each other exactly, but it was all very friendly. I doubt I'll be invited to Coolio's next birthday party, but at least I can stop wearing that bulletproof vest to the mall." In an interview in 2014, Coolio extended his apology for refusing his permission, stating that at the time "I was being cocky and sh*t and being stupid and I was wrong and I should've embraced that sh*t and went with it", and that he considered Yankovic's parody "actually funny as sh*t." (from Wikipedia)

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