Songwriting Credits

Sam Smith Tom Petty mashup

Well it happened again as Sam Smith and his team of lawyers decided that his multi-million selling single “Stay With Me” bares a too close for comfort resemblance to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”.

Songwriting credit will now be shared with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

It happens.  I even wrote about it after Bruce Springsteen stated in his SXSW keynote that he blatantly ripped off song licks for inspiration.

Joni Mitchell says in a fairly recent interview that “tradition is a copycat.

Dylan is sick of hearing about plagiarism accusations

The Rolling Stones immediately gave kd lang songwriting credit shortly after Keith Richards heard his daughter singing “Constant Craving” over the Stones song, “Anybody Seen My Baby”

My favorite excuse for not giving songwriting credit when it is clearly due, goes to Vanilla Ice. I’ll let Mr. Ice explain why he originally did not give credit to Queen and David Bowie for use of the baseline in his song “Ice Ice Baby”

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