Songs that have resulted in lawsuits, either for lyrics or for borrowing too much of the music.
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A TV ad promoting the electronic toy SIMON featured a band that was a direct rip-off of the Police. The singer's voice was a dead ringer for Sting and the band was playing a commercial ditty that had a Police-like pop-reggae sound and a chorus chant that went, "Dah doo dah doo, dah doo dah doo". Too much an imitation of the 1980-1981 hit "De do do do De da da da". Needless to say the shit soon hit the fan and the TV ad was taken off and some sort of settlement was made with the Police. I first saw this TV commercial during the autumn of 1983 and it was blantanly obvious that it was soon going to be Lawsuit City.
Every Breath You Take, I'll Be Suing You
Timberland, who helped produced the single, was sued by a Finnish Musican after the song sounds familiar to his song, Acidjazzed Evening. Janne Suni sued Timberland for plagiarism since he never gave the all clear to simple his work, with the exception of Glenn Rune Gallefoss's arrangement for the song that was never released commercially. Gallefosse was allowed to do so after speaking with Suni on which Timberland didn't do.
Dale Hawkins "Suzie Q" (covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Rolling Stones) sued claiming it borrowed the basic melody.
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