[Smt-talk] Music Plagiarism Cases

Eric B. Chernov chernove at ursatz.com
Fri Dec 18 05:18:39 PST 2009

If plagiarism is not confined to the written word, the most famous one 
which springs immediately to mind (don't know if this is exactly the 
type of thing you are looking for) is the lawsuit brought against George 
Harrison for his hit, "My Sweet Lord," which sounded suspiciously like 
"He's So Fine" by The Chiffons. It was tried in US Federal Court. See here:


Hope this helps,
Eric B. Chernov

Richard Lewis wrote:
> Dear SMT,
> This question may be better directed at law scholars, but a colleague
> is interested in finding cases of music plagiarism which have been
> heard in court (in any country, but English or German proceedings will
> be easiest to read). Anyone know of any?
> Best,
> Richard

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