A Possible Hefty “Price Tag” For Jessie J Or “Domino” Might Be A Rip Off

Okay, this is what I was going to write about originally yesterday. By the way, concerning yesterday’s post on famous people/athletes coming out of the closet, it was not my intention to diminish the process of coming out, meaning when anyone, famous or not, comes out. Shock value can be good or bad, in this case, it was definitely exciting to watch the day unfold. I have to remember to write with a lot more clarity, so if I offended or confused anyone, I apologize. Now..

I had seen the headline about Jessie J being hit with a copyright lawsuit over “Domino”, but I hadn’t read the whole story. Then over the weekend, a couple of friends brought it to my attention. Have you ever heard the song “Bright Red Chords” by California pop rock band Loomis & the Lusts? I didn’t think so, but you might recognize the melody in the song’s verses.

And for the comparison.

I believe Will Loomis has a case. On the band’s website, the main headline links to the copyright lawsuit story. So, what happens next? Jesse J’s camp has yet to comment, the writers credited for “Domino” include the artist herself, uber-pop producer Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly, who co-wrote “Price Tag” as well as hits for Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, Toni Braxton, the list goes on: Martin Sandberg, and Henry Walter. In fact, Jessie J, Luke, and Kelly wrote Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A” Just a random factoid.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a big name star has tried to capitalize on a previously written melody. There are dozens of cases; Mariah Carey has been twice, one for “Hero” and one for “Make it Happen”. One I just read about, involves Men at Work’s biggest hit, “Down Under”. The band lost a suit in 2010 after not crediting the flute line at the beginning, which is based on the Australian nursery rhyme, “Kookaburra”. Like to hear it? Here it goes…

Men at Work (RIP Greg Ham, the dude playing the flute)

One more example that I think of as soon as I hear “copyright infringement” In 1997, the Rolling Stones released “Anybody Seen My Baby?” and the chorus melody is an exact copy of the chorus melody in k.d. lang’s biggest hit, “Constant Craving”. Fortunately, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were wise to credit lang and her co-writer Ben Mink on the track. And for the hell of it, let’s compare! You’re just listening for the choruses.

Now, the Stones (Just who is that with the shaved head? She’s hot! I will envy Brad Pitt for the rest of my life.)

We’ll see how the Jessie J. situation develops….

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “A Possible Hefty “Price Tag” For Jessie J Or “Domino” Might Be A Rip Off

  1. That is nothing in comparation of this plagiarism case >

    I have all evidences that I am real screenwriter who wrote and registered script MAGMA TOWN in 1994., based of which script, I have legal reasonable doubt, Jerome Armstrong wrote his script VOLCANO, and sold it for US$500,000 to FOX 2000 PICTURES (Laura Ziskin) together with Neal H. Moritz like prospective Producer, in November 1995.
    I have also all evidences for reasonable doubt :

    that Jerome Armstrog has plagiated my script. Producer Neal H. Moritz and co-writer Billy Ray possible didn t know for that plagiarism in that time. But, producer Neal H. Moritzall is strikingly and completely responsible for Jerome Armstrog because Neal H. Moritz leaded and directed Jerome Armstrog to FOX 2000 PICTURES and prepared und organized contact Jerome Armstrog with heads of FOX 2000 PICTURES and enabled him to got profitable contract with FOX 2000 PICTURES in an amoubt of US $500,000. All is revealed in the midle of shooting of VOLCANO in late 1996 and begining of 1997. I have also found that till today Neal H. Moritz have produced in total 78 theatrical and TV movies. As I have investigated in L.A. in previous time, I have heard that Heads of 20-th CENTURY FOX found Neal H. Moritz is held accountable for Jerome Armstrong because he has enabled him sell to FOX 2000 PICTURES his script for US $500,000 in November 1995. It is understandable that Heads of 20-th CENTURY FOX were very angry at Neal H. Moritz, and they never give to him more opportunity to work for 20-th CENTURY FOX. VOLCANO was first big film of Neal H. Moritz like Producer, and after VOLCANO he was producer in another 36 features films and 29 TV serias, TV films, video and short films, and also he is just now producer for 8 new movies (post production, filming or announced), what is in total 73 movies after VOLCANO, and any of them has not been produced from 20-th CENTURY FOX, – just mostly from UNIVERSAL PICTURES, COLUMBIA PICTURES or SONY PICTURES. It is clear that acquaintance with plagiator Jerome Armstrong destroyed career of producer Neal H. Moritz in 20-th CENTURY FOX for all time.

    I have all evidences for reasonable doubt : that two mayor US film companies : 20-th CENTURY FOX and UNIVERSAL PICTURES (together with 7 other US film companies) have done pure copyright infringement and plagiarism of my registerd script MAGMA TOWN, and shot in the year 1996/1997 two movies : VOLCANO and DANTE’S PEAK, and released them in Spring 1997 and grossed till today about $520 million, – that screenwriter Leslie Bohem has made pure plagiarism of my registered script MAGMA TOWN, and sold his script DANTE’S PEAK to UNIVERSAL PICTURES for US $1,200,000 and also, that for me unknown screenwriter plagiated also my registered script MAGMA TOWN, and sold his script RING OF FIRE to WALT DISNEY PICTURES for US $800,000, all in Autumn of 1995. .

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