Songs that have resulted in lawsuits, either for lyrics or for borrowing too much of the music.
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Though Charles Schulz of "Peanuts" fame let The Royal Guardsmen make more songs about Snoopy, he and United Features Syndicate actually sued The Royal Guardsmen for using Snoopy without permission. Though Charlie Brown loses baseball games...he can sure win a Lawsuit!
Somebody is suing Kid Rock because he claims that the beginning guitars in "So Hott" are the same as it is in his own song "Slow Death", and that he also did the same repetition of singing "so hot" three times, as he did in "Slow Death"
Brooks and songwriting partner Jenny Yates were among those sued by songwriter and musician Guy Thomas. Thomas accused Brooks and Yates of stealing some of the melody to "Standing Outside the Fire" from a hit song he wrote with Kenny Loggins, "Conviction of the Heart", which appeared on his Leap of Faith CD. Even though Loggins co-wrote the song, he didn't take part in the lawsuit. It was settled out of court.
Numerous comparisons were made of the background tune for "Stars are Blind" and "Kingston" by UB40. The similarities were striking enough to result in a lawsuit.
Ozzy claimed he had originally wrote this song in memory of AC/DC singer Bon Scott, who died of hypothermia in his car after drinking heavily the night earlier. In 1984, a teenager only known as John M. shot himself in the head while listening to the song. John M.'s parents blamed the song for their son's death They hired attorney Thomas Anderson and sued Ozzy for wrongful death. The judge ruled in Ozzy's favor, citing First Amendment rights.
The Beach Boys' hit song "Surfin' U.S.A." is set to the melody of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen," but Chuck Berry had never given the Beach Boys permission to use his song. Years after the song's initial release, Chuck Berry successfully sued the Beach Boys, causing all subsequent releases of "Surfin' U.S.A." on compilation albums to credit Berry alongside Brian Wilson, who wrote the new lyrics.
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