Songs that have resulted in lawsuits, either for lyrics or for borrowing too much of the music.
Entries Beginning with L
"La Villa.Strangiato," Rush
Alex Lifeson unconsciously stole from Raymond Scott's song, "Powerhouse", likely because it burned into his memory from watching cartoons as a child. You can hear a sample of it here: http://www.raymondscott.com/powerhs.mp3 From the FAQ on the raymondscott.com website: Q: Did the rock band RUSH get sued and have to pay royalties for their unauthorized use of Raymond Scott's ''Powerhouse'' in their 1978 recording ''La Villa.Strangiato''? A: By the time Raymond Scott's publisher notified the band's management of the infringement, the statute of limitations had expired on the challenge. But Rush's management, out of deference to Mr. and Mrs. Scott (Raymond was still alive at that point), offered a one-time "penance" payment, feeling it was the ethical thing to do. All involved were happy with the resolution, and Rush has no further financial obligations. Under the settlement, they were not required to accord RS partial songwriting credit on the.piece.
Almost thirty years after the song was released, it was found that in a musical interlude that it used certain chords from the children's song 'Kookaburra'. How they didn't notice it before I'll never know, but I'll never look at the song the same way again.
The Isley Brothers were awarded a sum of 5.4 million dollars in damages in a plagiarism lawsuit against Michael Bolton. The Isley Brothers were also awarded future royalties for the song. Michael Bolton appealed the decision, and lost the appeal.
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