Songs in the dock: landmark lawsuits and what they cost

Radiohead Deny Lana Del Rey Lawsuit

The news spread after Del Rey said via Twitter that the band were demanding 100% of the publishing for her track.

As it stands, co-writers Kieron Menzies and Rick Nowels are credited on the track along with Del Rey. She said that while her song "wasn't inspired by Creep", she has offered up to 40% of the publishing to settle the matter. "So we will deal with it in court". Radiohead was successfully sued by publishers for the Hollies' song, "The Air That I Breathe".

"As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of a year ago with Lana Del Rey's representatives", a spokesman for the company said in a statement. "It's clear that the verses of "Get Free" use musical elements found in the verses of "Creep' and we've requested that this be acknowledged in favor of all writers of Creep'".

Lana Del Rey's music brings to mind a film noir past full of Cadillacs and daddies.

Meanwhile, Lana has cancelled her show in Kansas City after coming down with the flu. However, according to the Warner/Chappell spokesperson, the band has not demanded 100 percent of the publishing for "Get Free", as Del Rey's tweet claimed.


Radiohead says LDR's "Get Free" sounds far too similar to their 1993 breakout single "Creep".

"It's understood that Radiohead's team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties".

Even if Del Rey maintains she didn't purposefully borrow the riff, Variety reports that Radiohead has a strong case.

Musician Owen Pallett observed that Radiohead's allegations are most likely to be based on the chord progression in the song's respective verses. Prior to litigation, both sides may also engage their own musicologists to study the similarities between the two compositions. She even said that this legal drama could force her to cut the song from the album.

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