1. Starting with Blurred Lines and Marvin Gaye, take a look at some examples of songs that blur the lines of copyright infringement. Who, if anyone, do you think should sue? Share your thoughts in the comments.
  2. First, the songs at the heart of the lawsuit.
  4. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell
  5. Another recent case that could've had a similar result was “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. It sounds a lot like “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty. Petty's publishers pointed out the similarity, which Smith called a "musical accident." The issue was dealt with quietly, and Petty was given a songwriting credit just before this year's Grammy Awards.
  6. The similar feel of Madonna's "Express Yourself" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" led to years of speculation about feuding between the two artists.
  7. Madonna - Express Yourself
  8. Lady Gaga - Born This Way
  9. D'Angelo's "Untitled" and Beyonce's "Rocket" are in different keys, but sound nearly identical. They both feature instrumentation that's slightly behind the beat, giving the songs a woozy feel. Beyonce acknowledges the inspiration and even participated in a 15-year anniversary tribute for D'Angelo's album Voodoo.
  10. D'Angelo - Untitled (How Does It Feel)
  11. Beyoncé - Rocket (Audio)
  12. In 1971, George Harrison was sued for copying a hit song from The Chiffons. The court ultimately ruled that Harrison had "unconsciously" borrowed from the older song. Harrison said the ruling made him too fearful to write any new music for while afterword. Eventually, Harrison would buy the rights to "He's So Fine."
  13. The Chiffons - He´s So Fine
  14. When asked about Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" similarity to "Wonderwall," Oasis frontman and industry curmudgeon Noel Gallagher said “They should have the decency to wait until I’m dead.”
  15. Oasis - Wonderwall - Official Video
  16. Green Day: "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" - [Official Video]
  17. Often listeners will say two songs sounds alike, while missing the real, older influences at play. For instance, Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" and Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" are often cited as songs that sound close to one another. In reality, they both borrow more heavily from old Motown than they do from each other.
  18. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
  19. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
  20. Martha & The Vandellas - I'm Ready For Love (1968)
  21. The Supremes: You Can't Hurry Love - Original (Take 1)
  22. Many artists are very accepting of songs that sound like their own, forgoing royalties and credit. When critics pointed out a One Direction song that sounded like The Who's "Baba O'Reilly." The Who responded by saying "There's only so many chords out there."