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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:14 PM

45. Lyrics vs Music

I will say they were a bit sloppy and arrogant (at the time) and their management was hell on wheels, however they did settle and many of them out of court. Also this whole royalties thing is a bit odd. Agree that the inventor should get credit and maybe even monies depending on how it is used. Throwing a couple of lines from an old song hardly seems a rip off and seems more of a respectful nod to the past, especially when the song itself or so dramatically different. These nods to the past probably intrigued people to buy many of this old blues albums that would have not been bought had that tip of the hat not been there to begin with. The other issue I have is the Lyrics vs the Music. Their sin was lifting lyrics which is what gets you in court. Many others in the day lifted the music, sometimes almost note for note but changed the lyrics and did not end up in court. Also some of these people took it to court when they could have easily been settled on good terms because of incidents like Boogie with Stu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogie_with_Stu). Finally they have never denied all the influences and have freely said they screwed up not attributing correctly. The world is a better place for having Zeppelin along for the ride!

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