Lana Del Rey to face Radiohead in court
Lana Del Rey has confirmed that she is being sued by Radiohead over alleged similarities between her track ‘Get Free’ and the British band breakout 1992 single ‘Creep.’Lana Del Rey responded to allegations of plagiarism writing on Twitter the matter would be dealt with in court. “It’s true about the lawsuit,” she posted. “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.” Your blogger’s view is that as a singer, Lana Del Rey need to understand plagiarism, recognise when it happens in her own written work and know how to acknowledge the work of others correctly. If Lana Del Rey used Radiohead’s work or words without full acknowledgement, then she plagiarised. Radiohead themselves were also sued following the release of ‘Creep’ for alleged similarities to a 1974 song by The Hollies called ‘The Air That I Breathe’ but settled it out of court. She could swallow her pride and settle it without heading to the courts. Although your blogger is a huge fan of both Radiohead and Lana Del Rey, it’s wrong to think of plagiarism as only a minor form of creativity cheating as some people would want to believe, or just plain singing.
In reality, plagiarism is a breach of creativity integrity. It is fundamental for creativity honesty that all singers of the entertainment community do acknowledge their debt to the originators of the ideas, words, and data that form the basis for their own work. Lana Del Rey know very well using another’s work as her own is not only bad for her career, it also means that she has failed test of a complete singer. My elementary teacher used to tell us that intentional plagiarism is unethical and can have serious consequences for our future career. In music industry, plagiarism undermines the standards of accused musician music and his or her pedigree. I have listened to both songs which i have shared here and feels like there’s chord similarities progression in the verses. However, am not a legal expert and as Lana Del Rey noted, it will have to be settled in court. As elementary teacher used to tell us, correct acknowledgement or referencing skills form a part of the writing skills that with guidance help in development. There are different standards and conventions to acknowledge or reference the work of others which am sure even in music industry exists and the least Lana Del Rey could have done if the allegations are proved to be true in court, is to acknowledge Radiohead, a band that has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, and remains one of the most influential bands of the past two decades.