Many artists are influenced by more established artists; however, there is a big difference between being influenced by someone and blatantly ripping them off. These days, lawsuits for copyright infringement and plagiarism are everywhere. Sometimes it feels justified while other times the similarities seem rather non-existent. Are people just a little too eager to sue or does the music industry have a real problem with artists ripping others off? Here is a list of 7 artists who have been accused of ripping off other people’s songs. You be the judge! Did they steal or has the situation just been blown out of proportion?
The Hollies successfully sued Radiohead for plagiarism. The hit “Creep” was actually inspired by The Hollie’s single, “The Air That I breathe,” written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood; however, they weren’t given proper credit until the lawsuit. Creep uses the same chord progression as in “The Air That I Breathe” in its verse, as well as a melody in the bridge following the second chorus. Radiohead now credits Hammond and Hazlewood as co-writers of Creep and splits royalties with them.