Comment from: MICHAEL KELIHER [Visitor]
Actually “Sloop John B.” by the Beach Boys was a remake of an earlier version of the same song by the Kingston Trio, which was probably an even earlier calypso tune. The most blatant rip-off that I noticed and that never seemed to trigger any lawsuit, was John Lennon’s “And So This is Christmas” the melody is almost identical to a Peter, Paul, and Mary song: “Stewball” a lament about betting on the wrong horse in a race. I also notice that PP&M would rework public domain folksongs in such a way that they could claim copyright on their versions. Or so it seemed to me!
Comment from: [Member]
I’m sure there are many more examples of plagerism, intentional or not. These are a few good examples. Can anyone else come up with some more?
Comment from: Bryan [Visitor]
I found this page after I heard “Even The Nights Are Lonely” and thought, “Boy, that sounds familiar!”
Some other ones I’ve run into:
Arthur’s Theme and How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
Breaking Us In Two -Joe Jackson and Day After Day -Badfinger
Briefly: Greatest Love Of All -Whitney Houston and We’re All Along -Boz Scaggs (near “All Forgotten Now” and “Throw It To The Wind")
And although significantly different, I used to get “Save Your Kisses” by Brotherhood of Man confused with “If” by Bread. And the my wife started singing “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” - similar chord sequences in there - ahh the 70s…
Comment from: Sharif [Visitor]
I found this post after looking up “Theme From Mahogany” with my noticing how blatantly similar it is to “Here There and Everywhere” and thought maybe they had paid for it in advance; or if they were trying to get back at The Beatles for the George Harrison incident and got away with it.
I’m a songwriter myself and a bit of a musician. I can say that a lot of it tends to be unintentional if some parts sound copied… I always like to check, but it can be hard since there are so many songs out there. You can’t really copyright a chord progression or even an accompaniment on its own. That’s why you’ll hear the same bass lines and rhythm sections on a million and one rock ‘n roll tunes.
There is just a fine line between using some parts for arrangement, accompaniment or transition and straight up plagiarizing. Personally I think if it is unintentionally similar AND the artist has made sure to remove any doubt if had, then they should in most cases be fine but if it still sounds too similar, it has to be settled in court if the suspicious party thinks so.
Nowadays it’s quite different though; most signed artists on big labels can ripoff whatever they want; intentionally or not; because their label pays to be able to use anything from any song (among other signed artists, publishers and labels). It’s one regular fee they pay to ASCAP, and the others.
As for your opinion of hip hop… you obviously haven’t listened to enough of it… one could say similar things about any genre without having listened to a broad enough range of it. I respect all forms of music and can see all of their good points. Even a lot of 50s rock and roll culture resembles hip hop… one of the famous DJs of that time used to do improvised rhyming in between playing the rock ‘n roll records; it is considered one of the first examples of rap.
Comment from: Bryan [Visitor]
Oh yes, and is it just me or does the instrumental part in the middle of Alanis Morissette’s “You Learn” sound suspiciously like “Yub Nub” - that Ewok Song?!?
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