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Radiohead rebut Lana Del Rey's plagiarism lawsuit claims

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Radiohead have refuted Lana Del Rey’s claim that they have filed a lawsuit against her that demands publishing rights to her song Get Free, thanks to its similarity to their song Creep.

After rumours of the lawsuit circulated, Del Rey had tweeted: “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”

Listen to Lana Del Rey’s Get Free

A representative for Radiohead’s publishers, Warner/Chappell, admitted they had been “in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives. It’s clear that the verses of Get Free use musical elements found in the verses of Creep and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of Creep.” But they added that no lawsuit has been filed, and Radiohead aren’t demanding 100% of the publishing, per Del Rey’s claims.

Watch Radiohead perform Creep

Del Rey alluded to the legal spat at a concert in Denver earlier this week, saying that Get Free was her “personal manifesto” and that “those sentiments that I wrote, I really am going to strive for them, even if that song is not on future physical releases of the record”.

This article titled "Radiohead rebut Lana Del Rey's plagiarism lawsuit claims" was written by Ben Beaumont-Thomas, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 10 January 2018 09.43am

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