If you want to protect your creative rights to original works of music, you’re in good company. Many well known artists have sued—and been sued by—other artists who, intentionally or otherwise, infringed on their copyrights.
Queen and David Bowie famously sued Vanilla Ice for his Number One hit, “Ice Ice Baby,” which used the same baseline as their song,“Under Pressure.”
Ray Parker Jr.’s Hot 100 No. 1 song, “Ghostbusters” seemed pretty original at the time. However, if you happen to be a fan of Huey Lewis and the News, you might have recognized the tune from “I Want a New Drug.” Mr. Lewis certainly did. (The parties settled out of court).
Even George Harrison of the Beatles was sued for copying the tune from the Chiffons’ song, “He’s So Fine” when he wrote “My Sweet Lord.” He apologized, claiming the mistake was subconscious.