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9 times a band got sued for ripping off another band's hit



Led Zeppelin is on trial for allegedly stealing the opening riff of "Stairway to Heaven" from a little-known band called Spirit. It's not the first time a band has been sued for plagiarism.

But first, your thoughts - is "Stairway" a little too close to Spirit's "Taurus"?

1. Robin Thicke & Pharrell's "Blurred Lines" vs. Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up"

"Blurred Lines" was on just about every radio station for a while in 2013. But the family of legendary singer Marvin Gaye found it way too similar to "Got to Give It Up," and won a $7.4 million copyright infringement lawsuit in 2015.

2. Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" vs. Joe Satriani's "If I Could Fly"

Satriani is one of the best-known guitarists in the world, and "Viva la Vida" sure has a similar melody to that solo. But then again, both songs are musically pretty simple - it's no surprise they're similar. Satriani later dropped his lawsuit.

3. Vanilla Ice's "Ice, Ice Baby" vs. Queen/David Bowie's "Under Pressure"

Yes, that opening bass lick is pretty much identical. So it's no surprise that Vanilla Ice ended up giving Bowie and freddie Mercury songwriting credits on this one. He settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, The Independent reports.

4. John Fogerty's "The Old Man Down the Road" vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through the Jungle"

Here's the kicker. John Fogerty was the lead singer of CCR and wrote "Run Through the Jungle," What Culture reports. He was sued for sounding too much like himself.

The lawsuit has settled out of court.

5. Radiohead's "Creep" vs. The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe"

Radiohead notoriously hates their first smash hit single. Maybe that has to do with the fact that they lost a lawsuit and have to give a writing credit to The Hollies. Fun fact: That's where Graham Nash got his start before Crosby, Stills & Nash.

6. The Planets' "A One Minute Silence" vs. John Cage's "4:33"

You probably never heard of The Planets. But they got sued for literally using silence. "4:33" was four minutes and 33 seconds of no sound, and The Planets even credited John Cage as a co-writer. That didn't stop the lawsuit which ended in a six-figure donation to The John Cage Trust, WhatCulture reports.

We'd link you to the video, but it's literally just silence, and you have better things to do than listen to four-and-a-half minutes of nothing.

7. Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues vs. Gordon Jenkins' "Crescent City Blues"

The Man in Black plagiarized? Well, when the original song starts with the same line ("I hear the train a-comin', it's rollin' 'round the bend,") you might start to wonder. Biographer Michael Streissguth said the suit cost Cash $75,000.

8. The Beatles' "Come Together vs. Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me"

Look, we get it, everyone rock star was influenced by Chuck Berry somehow. But even a casual listen shows "Come Together"'s verses sound a lot like Berry's song, just sped up.

9. Oasis' "Shakermaker" vs. The New Seekers' "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"

When you write a pop song that borrows the melody of one of the most famous advertising jingles of all time ("I'd like to buy the world a Coke"), you should find new inspirations. Oasis ended up paying $500,000, The Week reports.

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