Copyright claim made against Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has announced that the last song on her latest album, “Lust for Life”, is falling subject to a copyright claim made by Radiohead. Lana has said that her song “Get Free”, has been accused of bearing similarities to Radiohead’s hit “Creep”.
On 7th January 2018, Lana Del Rey posted the following to her Twitter Page “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”
Whilst it is admitted by representatives that discussions have been held regarding matters between Lana and Radiohead, representatives for Radiohead have refuted claims that they are suing Lana and have insisted that they are not claiming 100% of the royalties.
It is perhaps ironic to note that claims were once brought against Radiohead themselves regarding this very song, “Creep”. The two songwriters for The Hollies’ “The Air that I Breathe” brought a claim which resulted in Radiohead being forced to acknowledge the song writing debt and share the royalties with them.
Copyright is a right to prevent copying and is dealt with under the laws of the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act legislation. Copyright arises automatically and protects the authors of original works. It is intended to reward them for their creation of an original piece of work. Both civil remedies and criminal remedies can be sought where copyright infringement can be shown.
It is always worth considering what, if any, implications may arise from any actions you are looking to take. Whether that be looking to develop works without infringing the rights of the original material, or protecting your own original material from infringement.
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