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IN THE RECORD BUSINESS, IMITATION IS NOT THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY. HERE IS A LIST OF MUSICIANS OR GROUPS WHO HAVE BEEN SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT:

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Artikal Sound System v. Dua Lipa (“Live Your Life” vs. “Levitating”)
The Estate of Randy Wolfe v. Led Zeppelin (“Taurus” [Spirit] vs. “Stairway to Heaven”)
The Estate of Jimmy Smith v. Drake (“Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2”)
Radiohead v. Lana Del Rey (“Creep” vs. “Get Free”)
Estate of Marvin Gaye v. Ed Sheeran (“Thinking Out Loud” vs. Let’s Get it On”) 
Queen and David Bowie v. Vanilla Ice (“Pressure” vs. “Ice Ice Baby”)
Estate of Marvin Gaye v. Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams (“Got to Give it Up” vs.“Blurred Lines.”
Fogerty (Label for Credence Clearwater Revival) v. Fogerty (“Run Through the Jungle” “The Old Man Down the Road”)  
Roy Orbison v. 2 Live Crew (“Pretty Woman”) 
Rolling Stones v. The Verve (“The Last Time” vs .“Bittersweet Symphony”)
Bright Tunes Music Copr. (The Chiffons) v. George Harrison (“He’s So Fine” vs. “My Sweet Lord”) 
The Hollies v. Radiohead (“The Air That I Breathe”  vs. “Creep”)
Huey Lewis and the News v. Ray Parker, Jr. (“I want a New Drug” vs. “Ghostbusters”) 
Tom Petty v. Sam Smith (“I Won’t Back Down” vs. “Stay With Me”)
The Kinks v. The Doors (“All Day and All of the Night” vs. “Hello, I Love You”)
Jake Holmes v. Led Zeppelin (“Dazed and Confued” vs. “Dazed and Confused”)
Willie Dixon v. Led Zeppelin (“You Need Love” vs. “Whole Lotta Love”)
Willie Dixon v. Led Zeppelin (“Bring it On Home” vs. “Bring it ON Home”)
Matt Cardle v. Ed Sheeran (“Amazing” vs. “Photograph”)           
Joe Satriani  v. Cold Play (“If I Could Fly” vs. “Viva La Vida”)  
 
NOW, YOU BE THE JUDGE. IN THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES, THERE WERE       RUMOURS, OR ALLEGATIONS, OR SOCIAL MEDIA BLATHER, ABOUT ALLEGED PLAGIARISM. WHAT DO YOU THINK? LISTEN FOR YOURSELF AND DECIDE.
 
 
EXAMPLE 1:  BILLY HALLEY & HIS COMETS, “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK” (1950s) 
https://youtu.be/ZgdufzXvjqw  
Similar to HANK WILLIAMS’ “MOVE IT ON OVER” (1940s)  https://youtu.be/-Lza3NVH6Ig  ?
 
EXAMPLE 2:  CHUCK BERRY, “SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN, ” (1958) https://youtu.be/ZLV4NGpoy_E . 
Similar to THE BEACH BOYS, “SURFIN’ USA” (1963) 
https://youtu.be/EDb303T-B1wN ?
 
EXAMPLE 3: BOSTON, “MORE THAN A FEELING” (1976),
https://youtu.be/t4QK8RxCAwo . 
A) Similar to NIRVANA, “SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT” (1991) https://youtu.be/hTWKbfoikeg ?
B) What about the “Weird Al” Yankovic version, “SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA”
https://youtu.be/FklUAoZ6KxY (1992)?
 
EXAMPLE 4: THE WHO, “BABA O’RILEY” (1971) https://youtu.be/x2KRpRMSu4g
Similar to BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE, “YOU A’INT SEEN NOTHING YET,”
https://youtu.be/99lyU5N--f8  (1974 ) ?
 
EXAMPLE 5: JETHRO TULL, “WE USED TO KNOW,” (1969) https://youtu.be/5EBQ-ljFlt4 . 
Similar to EAGLES, “HOTEL CALIFORNIA”  (1976) https://youtu.be/BciS5krYL80 . See also https://youtu.be/f_gt76Ld6aI
 
EXAMPLE 6: QUEEN and DAVID BOWIE, “UNDER PRESSURE”  https://youtu.be/YoDh_gHDvkk  (1981). A) Similar to
VANILLA ICE’S “ICE ICE BABY”  https://youtu.be/rog8ou-ZepE  (1990)?
B) What about the Jim Carrey version presented on In Living Color? https://youtu.be/1BTJ_n9Oqs0 (1991)
 
EXAMPLE 7: SPIRIT, “TAURUS »  https://youtu.be/gFHLO_2_THg (1968)  
Similar to “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN”  https://youtu.be/QkF3oxziUI4 (1971)?
See also https://youtu.be/ye7hCIWwhGE
 
Score Card:
1)
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK: Infringing:  YES______  NO_____

2)
SURFIN’ USA: Infringing:  YES______  NO_____
 
3)
A) SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT:  Infringing:   YES____  NO_____

B) SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA:  Infringing:   YES:____  NO_____
 
 
4)
 YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET:  Infringing:   YES____ NO_____

5)
HOTEL CALIFORNIA:  Infringing:   YES____ NO____
            
 6)
A) ICE  ICE BABY. Infringing:   YES____  NO____
 
B) ICE ICE BABY (Carrey Vers.). Infringing:   YES____  NO____

7)
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN  Infringing    YES___  NO___

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