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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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"What a fool believes," Mike Hossack
I would say because when the name came to fruition in the Midship radioroom of the Uss Independence due to the relief watch entering and being enfulfed in the odorous cloud of smoke. That sailor issued a warning to those partaking which stated " I see the (expletive) Doobie Brothers are at it again". That the name would be minutes away from being contracted for use between the author and one of those so called "Doobie Brothers" having followed him out and calling his name to ask if he could use the name. Apparently when asked by the author qoute:" You make any money with the name, I get my share? : and the replied answer " You got it man, no problem, you got it man!" was meant to assure him only as long as they were aboard ship. For years after that name holds a great deal of anger and what should have been and could have been taken care of properly between those two men was not. Leaving some to wonder perhaps that perhaps some fools would believe the story they tell. Yours truly, The Sailor
Joe Torok
"A Whiter Shade Of Pale," Procol Harum
The band's former organist Matthew Fisher filed suit in 2005 claiming that he co-wrote the song. In December of the following year, he won the suit but only received 40% of the composer's share of the copywright instead of the 50% he was seeking. A later ruling denied Fisher royalties saying he had taken too long to file his suit. (Note: I can see why he'd want to receive credit for this song. It's just beautiful.)
Brian Kelly

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