Lana Del Rey Hopes To ‘Get Free’ In Copyright Dispute
Lana Del Rey has confirmed on Twitter that she is being sued by Radiohead who have alleged copyright infringement in a song on her latest album called ‘Lust for Love’, which was released in July 2017.
The final song on her fifth album ‘Get Free’ is the song in dispute. It is credited as being written by Lana Del Rey, Kieron Menzies and Rick Nowels however, Radiohead have alleged that the song is heavily influenced by and too similar to their song ‘Creep’. Ms Del Rey says that they have accused the singer of copying elements from the 1993 hit song but Radiohead are yet to comment on the matter.
It has been reported that to remedy the matter, Radiohead are seeking either compensation or to be credited on the list of songwriters. If they were to be credited in such a way then Radiohead would be in line to receive royalties from the song. In her tweet, Del Rey explained that she had offered up to 40% of the publishing over the last few months but Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead are standing by their original request for 100%, so Ms Del Rey has said that the matter will be decided in court.
The similarity to the Radiohead song ‘Creep’ had not gone unnoticed by fans. Some Youtube users have commented on the ‘Get Free’ track by Lana Del Rey, and its similarities with the Radiohead song. Opinion as to just how similar the song are is, however, mixed.
This is yet another example of the battles going on within the music industry in respect of copyright infringement. Indeed Radiohead themselves have also been on the receiving end of a claim for copyright infringement for ‘Creep’ the song at the centre of this dispute. In 2013, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood were successful in their case alleging that elements of ‘Creep’ had been copied from the song that they wrote for the Hollies called ‘The Air That I Breathe’. As a result they are now credited as co-writers of ‘Creep’ and now share royalties with Radiohead for the song.