Music copyright is famously complicated, especially when it comes to sampling.
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Using more than just a "sample," creating a parody song that winds up in the Supreme Court, and subconsciously copying someone else's work can land a musician in years of legal battles. Not to mention the argument of where inspiration ends and straight-up plagiarism begins.
All things considered, it's no wonder that the majority of the artists on this list decided to settle out of court. These are the landmark cases that have defined the music industry over the years.
Settled Out of Court
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These are the cases that were settled before getting to trial.
1.Joe Satriani vs. Coldplay
2.Gordon Jenkins vs. Johnny Cash
3.The Rolling Stones vs. The Verve
4.Radiohead vs. Lana Del Rey
5.Willie Dixon vs. Led Zeppelin
6.Queen & David Bowie vs. Vanilla Ice
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7.Chuck Berry vs. The Beatles
8.Huey Lewis and the News vs. Ray Parker Jr.
9.The Turtles vs. De La Soul
10.Chuck Berry vs. The Beach Boys
11.Tom Petty vs. Sam Smith
12.The Hollies vs. Radiohead
13.Metallica vs. Napster
Plaintiff Won in Court
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These cases were won by whoever was doing the suing.
14.Yusuf Islam vs. The Flaming Lips
15.Marvin Gaye's heirs vs. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams
16.The Chiffons vs. George Harrison
17.Salvatore Acquaviva vs. Madonna
Defendant Won in Court
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In these cases, the artist being sued wound up winning in the end.