from the oooooops dept
Last year, the lawsuit between Joe Satriani and Coldplay got lots of attention, as Satriani accused Coldplay of ripping off one of his songs. Of course, Satriani’s claims were greatly weakened when people turned up other songs from well before Satriani’s that sounded quite similar as well.
It looks like REM and Warner Music may be in a similar situation. Michael Scott points us to the news that Warner and REM are suing the Danish pop band Hej Matematik, claiming that the band’s song Walkmand copies REM’s 2008 song Supernatural Superserious. There’s just one (somewhat major) problem. Walkmand is a cover song. The original was by another Dane, Michael Hardinger, and was called Walk, Mand!!, and was recorded in 1981… seventeen years before REM’s release. In fact, Hej Matematik got permission from Michael Hardinger before doing their version. I’m guessing REM did not. Feel free to compare all three songs below: