Radiohead and Lana Del Rey head to court over copyright battle

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On Sunday, Ms. Del Rey confirmed a report in a British newspaper that Radiohead was considering suing her over her song "Get Free", arguing that it sounded similar to Radiohead's breakthrough 1993 hit "Creep".

A spokesperson for Warner/Chappell has now contradicted Del Rey's statements, claiming that while their lawyers had been in contact with Del Rey's team over the track, no legal action had yet been taken.

"To set the record straight", the statement continues, "no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they "will only accept 100 %' of the publishing of 'Get Free". The band had rejected her offer of 40 percent of the song's publishing royalties, she claimed, demanding 100 percent. "Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court". That is certainly the case for Get Free, Lana Del Rey's new song, which has been the subject of a copyright lawsuit between her and Radiohead. Radiohead's "Pablo Honey" album, which includes the disputed track, now credits Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood (who wrote "The Air That I Breathe") as co-writers of "Creep". The band was said to want songwriting credit, money or both.

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She said: "I just want to let you know".

The US star is the latest high-profile artist to be accused of copying someone else's song. with a pair of songwriters after similarities were found between his song Photograph and X Factor victor Matt Cardle's hit awesome. Yet, there's legal limits to how much inspiration you can take, even if it's accidental.

These situation nearly always involve only melodies and chord progressions, and not other elements, less definable, elements of songs, which would open up a whole more lawsuits.