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  1. stacey at |

    May I ask why the “despite being Canadian, she has stayed relevant?”

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    1. Cole at |

      It’s a joke. About people being Canadian. IDK what nationality the author is, but as a citizen of the US we make A LOT of jokes about Canada. Don’t take it personally…

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      1. ParusMajor at |

        MAN, n.
        An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.

        -Ambrose Bierce: “The Devil’s Dictionary”-

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      2. Hey at |

        Despite being a fat nation, the US can still fit in army uniforms and start wars all over the world. It’s a joke. Don’t take personally…

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        1. Blue In TEXAS at |

          Despite being that fatest we are also the BEST. Who do the other nations come for help?

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          1. TopTenz Master at |

            You are going to love the list we are working on now. It deals with America….that is all I can say for now.

            Update: Here is the list I was referring to: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-reasons-to-be-proud-of-the-united-states.php

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          2. UnrulyCanuck at |

            The USA may be the best right now, but all empires fall eventually. Just ask the Brits, The Greeks, the Persians, etc….

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          3. name at |

            Why are we obligated to help?!?! People live in America. If all the tax money is being spent on someone else’s war the country can’t survive. Just look at the downhill slope I’m the last 8 years.

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          4. Isthatgirlagain at |

            China dude. Nobody likes American help from my part of the world cos they come with too many strings attached to it.

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        2. name at |

          Whoever you are for president! That was insanely hilarious. I’m American and I took no offense because it’s true.

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    2. Jon at |

      Apparently some people think it’s still hilarious to rip on Canadians, when it got old nearly thirty years ago already.

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      1. Roy at |

        We’ll have the last laugh when they finally elect a Canadian to the white house.

        Why else would we study your music and television shows so closely? It is so that we can slip in amongst you all unnoticed and ursurp your leadership.

        Tents his fingers MUHAHAHA!

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    3. Tom at |

      “despite being Canadian, she has stayed relevant?”
      Sounds pretty racist to me, not like this article was judgemental at anyone being racist at all…
      “Quick! What do Rihanna and Michael Jackson have in common? If you answered, “they’re both black,” then congratulations! You’re really racist!”
      Oh Wait!
      Pot calling the kettle black there.
      Hypocritical author we’ve got here.
      Congratulations…

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      1. FormerlyFromTokyo at |

        You need to learn the definition of racist. 2012 and some people still don’t know. A-mazing.

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      2. America ehh at |

        Canadians are not a race! They are a nationality! Wow some people

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      3. Jay at |

        congratulations on being a freakin moron and not understanding what racism is. canadian is not a race. neither is american.

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    4. Marco Polo at |

      congrats! The person who wrote this article is extremely racist!

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  2. ParusMajor at |

    #9: None of these (male) artists pressed charges against Shakira, but settled out of court. May we please have the video? How did they settle? In what position was each party while they settled? (sorry about my dirty mind) :D

    Oh, and I guess you better not mess with Chuck Berry.

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  3. ParusMajor at |

    I’m sorry that I comment again, but I just remembered a famous case that wasn’t mentioned: George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord vs. The Chiffons’ He’s So Fine. I think Harrison’s lawyer bought the rights to the other song finally… I think. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Sweet_Lord

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  4. Ryan at |

    What about Kid Rock? The man that takes classic rock songs and takes a big **** all over them.

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  5. PJ at |

    I’ve heard that Johnny Cash was influenced by a song of the times when he wrote Folsom Prison Blues. Perhaps I should have said “wrote”. Regardless, there’s no one who sang it like the man in black.

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    1. ParusMajor at |

      Johnny Cash was the man. Do you know what Trent Reznor (the composer of “Hurt”, Nine Inch Nails) said after hearing Cash’s version? “OK, I wrote it, but it’s his song now.” (or something like that) :D

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  6. lawn at |

    You missed what’s probably the biggest of all: My Sweet Lord / He’s So Fine.

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  7. Barry Brien at |

    Whoever writes about the Beatles for this site really needs to do their homework. Last week they got it wrong saying that Let It Be was the final album they recorded, now it’s Come Together being about the 70s hippy movement. It’s common knowledge that the hippy movement happened in the 60s and Come Together was released in 1969.

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    1. Joseph Furguson at |

      No, we do not have to do more research because we were quoting our information accurately. Sorry if that offends you somehow.

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      1. Barry Brien at |

        So you maintain that the hippy movement happened in the 70s and that’s when Come Together was released? I’m not offended at all, just pointing out your errors, as I’m sure many other Beatles fans would. As a matter of interest, what sources are you quoting here? Because I’d stop if I were you. Try Wikipedia or http://www.Beatles.com in future.

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        1. jobert at |

          im gonna have to side with berry on this one

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    2. brian at |

      And it says that the Beach Boy embodied post war freedom in the ’60s…the war didnt end until 1975

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      1. Barry Brien at |

        I assumed that he was referring to World War II as youth culture really began to take off in the post war years particularly the 50s with the advent of Rock N Roll etc.

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        1. Maria at |

          Don’t forget the Korean War in the 50s.

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  8. xrisss at |

    You forgot “ICE ICE BABY” by Vanilla Ice copied from the song “UNDER PRESSURE” By the Queen

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    1. iamnotmad at |

      That was acknowledged and announced. These are the ones which weren’t and which most of us didn’t know about.

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      1. Yolo at |

        THAT’S why they didn’t include Lady Gaga!

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        1. Maishi at |

          or Led Zepplin….

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  9. skywatcher at |

    Another opportunity lost to finally explain the difference between plagiarism and sampling. Most people get these two confused.

    But it’s utterly ridiculous to have a list about plagiarism and not include Led Zeppelin or the Black-Eyed Peas. True, Zep didn’t release many singles, but the ones they did put out as singles were all partially plagiarized.

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  10. ParusMajor at |

    I’ve got a story. Bo Diddley was at the Chess studios in 1955 recording his first session, while Muddy Waters walked by. Muddy was already an established artist and he thought some kid was doing a demo for his next single, and commented on that (I guess something like “that sounds good for my next hit, boy, keep it up”). Diddley said, “No, I’m not gonna give this tune to you *add some insults here*”. A song with an exactly similar guitar riff was released by both artists in due time, as “I’m A Man” by Bo Diddley and as “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters (with somewhat angry lyrics at some boy who thinks he’s a man).

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  11. Lvothread at |

    Avril Lavigne Ripped off KISS too.
    First time I heard “complicated” I immediately thought of “I love it loud”. Apparently so does sombody else. you tube KISS vs Avril Lavigne or the link below

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRuc70ck820

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  12. HBG at |

    Coldplay v Satriani v cat stevens.

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  13. Butch at |

    The chili peppers should get a mention. I’m sure they’ve sneakily borrowed a riff or two in their time. 2 that spring to mind are tom petty’s mary jane’s last dance (dani california) & the eagles one of these nights (s*ck my kiss)

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    1. Totz the Plaid at |

      Apparently you didn’t know that RHCP caught the “Dani California” thing pretty quickly after the single was released, and before the album came out, they apologized publicly to Tom Petty and offered him some of the royalties which he turned down.

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  14. Totz the Plaid at |

    You’re gonna bust on “Are You Going to Be My Girl” for ripping off “Lust for Life” & “You Can’t Hurry Love” but totally failed to notice that the chorus vocal line is an EXACT note-for-note recreation of Keith Richards’ guitar solo in “Sympathy for the Devil”?

    For shame!

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    1. Sue at |

      Agreed. Plus I thought Lust for Life was most often compared to The Doors “Touch Me”.

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  15. Whatevs at |

    I can’t believe this list didn’t include Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” ripping off Madonna’s “Express Yourself”

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    1. O'Really at |

      Nor did they mention that Madonna ripped off the beat for “Justify My Love” from Public Enemy, cab’t remember the name of the PE song off hand.

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  16. Alex at |

    What about Crazy Town’s song “Butterfly” ripping off Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s “Pretty Little Ditty”? The riff is exactly the same. But Idk whether that was legal or not, but still.

    Ah just looked it up, apparently they were good friends so gave them the riff or something.

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    1. Jim at |

      They sampled that guitar part..legally. I never, EVER in my life thought I would defend a band as bad as CT….I am shame :*(

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  17. Dave at |

    Why isn’t there anything written about Elvis Presley and how he ‘resang’ a bunch of african-american songs? He just made them a little more appealing to the ‘white’ public and made a fortune

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    1. al at |

      THANK YOU!!!! ELVIS ripped off REAL songwriters and MUSICIANS for his own gain….I hate how this man CONSTANTLY gets credit when he doesn’t DESERVE IT!

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      1. Roy at |

        I agree with you wholeheartedly but I’m not resentful in fact I’m glad he did for all of our sakes. His impact on popular music helped get the ball rolling to start a virtual revolution (which in time actually) helped to spawn actual ones.

        Far be it from long live the king but I see him as one of many key players that have helped music develop into what it is today.

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  18. Edward at |

    J.Lo followed the leader song it is also a rip off from an 80’s dominican merengue singer by the name of Monchi Capricho. The song name is Colegiala. Listen to the rythm and the way the lyrics go and you will see.

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  19. Ed at |

    Then there’s Men At Work’s “Down Under”, which got them in trouble for grabbing the “Kookaburra” riff.

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  20. Juan at |

    This is stupid in most of these cases, the record company not the artist owns the music. They need permission from the record artist to sample the music and the money goes to the original owners of the music not the artist that perform the song.

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  21. Bobby at |

    Suprised that Britney spears – Oops i did it again isn’t on this list, it was originally by Louis Armstrong

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  22. Joe at |

    How about this?

    Lost Trailers- American Beauty
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K4-XLeH6Ls

    stolen from

    Jason Mraz- I’m Yours
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl88QEll-Xc

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  23. Jim at |

    One of Hans Zimmers FIRST scores was Galdiator? Man….you really do not do research, do you?

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Okay, so it was really about his 70th movie he composed on. Was that so bad? Okay, yes. To appease your lust for justice I have fired the writer, burned his house down, salted the earth and, oh yes, I corrected the mistake. Thanks for letting us know. Anyone want to more about Hans Zimmer’s composing career: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001877/#Composer

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  24. Amín González at |

    In the section about Shakira’s song, you write that Luis Dias is spanish, he’s really dominican.

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  25. Maksi at |

    This is wrong Shakiras song had a sample, the guy that wrote the original song Alfanno was involved in the production of Shakiras album and let them use their old song. The old song was just performed by Jerry RIvera and another guy. Alfanno the writer even said that if they wanted to sue they should give it a shot because the song didnt even belong to them in the first place.

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  26. Kiko Jones at |

    re: Shakira

    Luis Dias was–he passed away in Dec. 2009–a Dominican singer/songwriter who wrote the song he claimed Shakira plagiarized, “Carnaval (Baila en la Calle)”, which was made popular by fellow Dominican Fernando Villalona.

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  27. Tom at |

    Don’t forget “Do ya think I’m sexy” by some old dude was ripped of from a Brazilian song called “Taj Mahal.” The dude settled out of court and all profits from the song went to a charity in Brazil.

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  28. Jessica at |

    How is it racist to notice two people are black?

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    1. Maishi at |

      It’s a joke

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  29. PC at |

    So the author of this article calls racist those who note descriptive similarity between MJ and Rihanna (I’m one of them by the way: they are both of African heritage, among other things). Yet the same author calls a well known Swahili verse, “gibberish?”

    Brilliant.

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  30. Charlie at |

    fair enough the song girlfriend has its similarities but its very unlikely for avril to publish a song she knows she’s ripped off. before the case was taken to court avril wasnt shy to deny that she was drunk while writing the song. the whole thing is very cruel, avril is sweet natured girl and has continued to survive in the music industry without ‘ripping off’ any other songs? i think its just one big misunderstanding.

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  31. Matt at |

    You forgot to mention just about every song Led Zeppelin and Dream Theater have ever “written”. I’m an enormous Zeppelin fan, but their first album completely ripped off everyone. It was horrid.

    Dream Theater is the most unoriginal band on the planet. They may as well rename themselves “The Official Tool Cover Band”.

    “Home” is the same song as “FortySix&2″. Literally, note for note. They just came up from a Drop D tune. They also have ripped off King Crimson, Metallica, Rush, Faith No More, etc.

    Worst band ever.

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  32. Brawny71 at |

    I remember about 1990 the two-hit-wonder Pebbles (“Girlfriend”, “Mercedes Boy”) released a second album with an R&B lead single called “Giving You the Benefit” which sounds like the music was lifted directly from Bobby Brown’s “Ghostbusters II” theme, “On Our Own”. Funny thing is, her song improved on it.

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  33. Maishi at |

    I thought Beyonce’s If I were a Boy would be here
    SINCE it was STOLEN from BC Jean with only minor word changes here and there.

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  34. Jeff Foster at |

    Everybody ripped off Chuck Berry…everybody!!! Chuck Berry was, is, and always will be the TRUE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL, PERIOD!!!

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    1. al at |

      YES!!! YOU read my mind!!

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  35. Mila at |

    The one I know is the song “On the Floor”, from Jennifer Lopez, that was stolen from Lambada, of the group Kaoma. The song Lambada is quite famous in Brazil.

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  36. Sara at |

    What about the verses of America’s “Daisy Jane” & Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait a While”?

    http://youtu.be/2JYuuk4L2Vc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvKhDiNME4E

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  37. Sara at |

    Not to mention Wham’s “Last Christmas” sounding like Barry Manilow’s “Can’t Smile Without You”. And Britney Spears’s “I’ve Just Begun (Having my Fun)” sounding like No Doubt’s “Hella Good”.

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  38. Dark Knight at |

    Hall and Oates I Can’t Go For That; beat was sampled/copied by Michael Jackson in Billie Jean and also by Madonna’s Like a Virgin.

    Also Hall and Oates’ Maneater’s beat is copied by Stevie Wonder in his song Part Time Lover.

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  39. voiceful at |

    I’ve got more…

    Beyonce “Countdown” vs Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDT0m514TMw

    Beyonce Billboard Awards 2011 VS Lorella Cuccarini 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRrq3vPLSZY

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  40. Elvis D at |

    What about 50 cents hit “Go shorty, its your birthday” rap? No one remembers that a British rapper performed the song b4 50 cents did. I forgot who the artist that sued 50 was.

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    1. Roy at |

      you are WAY off….

      In January 2006, 50 Cent was sued for copyright infringement by former 2 Live Crew manager Joseph Weinberger, who owns the rights to the rap group’s catalog. He claimed that 50 Cent plagiarized the lines “it’s your birthday” from former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell on his 1994 album Still a Freak for Life.[30] The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Paul Huck, who ruled that the phrase was a “common, unoriginal and noncopyrightable element of the song”.

      Taken from wikipedia.

      The Beatles could have sued 2 Live Crew and 50 cent for the same reason…. pretty frivolous.

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      1. Roy at |

        - Pause – then berate you more for saying

        “No one remembers that a British rapper performed the song b4 50 cents did.”

        This is so true, except that there is one person who “remembers” that.

        Is this like saying “No one remembers that the earth is flat.” or more like “No one remembers the guy who posted stupid S#!T on the internet” ? Cause I gotta say you’ve got me really confused with that statement.

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  41. Bracury at |

    Muse – Survival rips off Innuendo by Queen.
    Muse – United States of Eurasia also rips off Innuendo by Queen
    Muse – Madness rips off I want to break free by Queen and Faith by George Michael

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  42. clay at |

    So making the observation that Michael Jackson and Rihanna are black makes me a racist? Are black people ever racist? Or do they always get to be the victims?

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    1. Roy at |

      Nope they aren’t but you are for asking that question.

      BIGOT! (points finger)

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      1. clay at |

        I think you missed my sarcasm. You’re comments are typical of all the overzealous PC admonishing and racist witch hunts we’ve been subjected to. It’s affecting our freedom of speech and obviously, from your post, our critical thinking skills. The unspoken rules are: Black people can’t be racist because they are given the role of “repressed”. Even if they do act out in a racist manner it’s ok because they’ve been repressed. White people have been cast in the role of racist oppressor, so they are always in the wrong. All of this is racist in itself. It’s wrong. Think past your conditioning.

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  43. Jodie at |

    What about Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby being a rip-off of a song by Queen and David Bowie? That went to court.

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  44. Speekr at |

    You forgot Vanilla Ice stealing the bassline from Queens Under Pressure for his only song, Ice Ice Baby

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  45. jay at |

    What about nirvana? There song “come as you are” is completely ripped off from killing jokes “eighties”

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  46. Roy at |

    So what if the author ripped on Canadians. Sticks and stones may break our bones right?

    I think the important thing here is that the rest of the article is horrible too, it is obvious to me that whoever put this article together knows ALMOST absolutely nothing about about music and /or songwriting.

    For a little self education you can visit whosampled.com. There you can pass a little time and find more than passing similarities, samples, and downright plagiarism. There you might discover that nothing in art is original and all is recycled and reinvented. This is the only way it can be as each generation learns from the previous and then puts their own spin on it. Its not as if art just materializes out of thin air. But so what of it, sampling has changed music and made so much more possible.

    Sadly nowadays lawyers have more say than artists. Or perhaps it is more that too many songwriters have lawyers. I for one feel current copyright legislation is out of hand and mourn the death of public domain.

    Stricter Laws Don’t Make Better music. Richer Musicians Don’t Make Better music. So Frankly who gives a S#$T if there is a passing resemblance between a rocking Jet song and some old almost forgotten Motown tune. That’s the essence of music reusing and readapting melodies.

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  47. Garrett Goulet at |

    How Ricki Martin’s “La Vida La Voca”? That song ripped off the rhythm from Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”?

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    1. tom at |

      That one’s a bit of a stretch.

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  48. Phat Sam at |

    all of you are srsly deluded. there is, nor has there ever been any such thing as an original idea.

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  49. docweasel at |

    You know, you don’t actually “press charges” for plagiarism, it’s not a criminal offense. You sue in civil court for damages. Although I do wish Queen could have had Vanilla Ice’s arse put in prison.

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    1. Perplexio at |

      Vanilla Ice could then have done a Renovation on his cell and ended up with a show on HGTV….

      Oh wait… he did end up with a show on HGTV.

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  50. Jack 25 at |

    They forgot the biggest one of all. My sweet Lord by George Harrison and He’s so fine by the Chiffons. In 1978 George settled out of court with them,

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    1. docweasel at |

      Actually no, he took it to a judgment, and the copyright owner for the song got $7mil.

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  51. amandasolimar at |

    They forgot Vanilla Ice copied David Bowie w/ Queen’s Under Pressure. This one really gets under my skin, because people only remember Vanilla Ice’s version.

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  52. Melissa at |

    How is saying Rihanna and Michael Jackson are both black even remotely close to being racist?..

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  53. Gary at |

    Everybody in the rock music business should send 10% of their earnings to Chuck Berry.

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  54. Anthony LaScala at |

    Ghostbusters sounds nothing like I wanna new drug. You people are deaf. A drum beat? Really? If we are going by beats just about every song is the same. The vocal melodies are completely diffrent and that is legally 99% of the song.

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    1. OmnyRa at |

      I’m pretty late here, but 2 things- Ghostbusters didn’t launch Ray Parker Jr’s career. He’d already had a succesful R&B band called Raydio and been solo for years – See The Other Woman-,

      and you forgot Billy Ocean’s Carribean Queen ripping off Michael Jackon’s Billy Jean.

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  55. Terry Bigham at |

    It’s not just pop/rock songs that get ripped off. Al jolson’s hit “Avalon” stole its melody from “E Lucevan le Stelle”, the beautiful aria from Puccini’s “Tosca”.

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  56. marc at |

    What? Where is Coldplay’s entry on this list? Not satisfied with riffs they take entire melodies from other songs. In their song “Talk” they take most of Kraftwerk’s 1981 song “Computer Love”. In an interview they basically said (and I’m paraphrasing here), “The breadth of music is so wide and our fans are so stupid and ignorant they will never notice we took most of the instrumentation from this song to write Talk.”

    Well, up yours Coldplay. I noticed and I hate you for it.

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    1. BW at |

      AND “Viva la Vida” vs “If I could fly”.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvB9Pj9Znsw

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  57. Jessie@ coffee recipes at |

    There was never any legal action about the Jett/Iggy Pop song similarities because, like the song by The Supremes, the only similarity was the beat. Beats can’t be copyrighted. Only melody, harmony and lyrics can.

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  58. Jesse Spade at |

    We shouldn’t make any statements about the similarities in these songs, if we are not going to say anything about the hiphop hits where music is taken from a rock song and the “artist” makes vulgar statements over the track instead of, you know, singing the song.

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  59. Mo at |

    A couple more:
    Free’s It’s All Right Now vs AC/DC’s Highway to Hell
    Fastball’s The Way vs Beseme Mucho

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    1. Mo at |

      * Bèsame

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