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News January 11, 2018

Warner/Chappell weighs in on ‘Creep’ copyright suit with Lana Del Rey

Warner/Chappell weighs in on ‘Creep’ copyright suit with Lana Del Rey

After some seriously convoluted ‘he said, she said bullsh*t’ regarding reports Radiohead were suing Lana Del Rey for “ripping off” their song ‘Creep’, the band’s publisher has issued a statement.

While Warner/Chappell has said the alleged similarity between the tracks ‘Creep’ and ‘Get Free’ is “clear”, the publisher has denied the issuing of a lawsuit.

A Warner/Chappell Spokesperson said:

“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve 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’.”

That’s despite Lana Del Rey taking to Twitter earlier this week to announce details of the alleged lawsuit.

“Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by ‘Creep’, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing,” she wrote. “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.”

Warner/Chappell has actually quoted Lana Del Rey in its statement, vehemently denying her claim:

“To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they “will only accept 100%” of the publishing of ‘Get Free’,” the spokesperson said.

Needless to say we’re paying close attention to Lana Del Rey’s Twitter account for confirmation of the publisher’s claim.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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