Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Radiohead's Publisher Denies Lana Del Rey's Claims in 'Creep' Copyright Dispute

Radiohead's Publisher Denies Lana Del Rey's Claims in 'Creep' Copyright Dispute

To win a copyright infringement suit, the band's lawyers would have to persuade a jury that Del Rey's song is "substantially similar" to "Creep", both qualitatively and quantitatively. "So we will deal with it in court".

Now the band's music publisher has issued a statement disputing the existence of a lawsuit.

She further said, "I just want to let you know that regardless of what gets taken down off of everything, those sentiments that I wrote, I really am going to strive for them even if that song isn't on future physical releases of the record".

"As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of past year with Lana Del Rey's representatives", said a representative for Warner/Chappell.

"Although I know my song wasn't inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing", she said.

Meanwhile, Lana has cancelled her show in Kansas City after coming down with the flu. Songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood sued and received co-writing credits and a percentage of the song's royalties after Radiohead admitted to the similarities.

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Read Lana Del Rey's original tweet below.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars added the writers of The Gap Band's Ooops Upside Your Head to the credits of Uptown Funk; while on Sam Smith's Stay With Me in 2014.

If Warner/Chappell's efforts are successful, Mr. Hazlewood and Mr. Hammond would also be credited, alongside the members of Radiohead and the three writers now listed: Rick Nowles, Kieron Menzies and Ms. Del Rey.

"The irony of this is that Radiohead doesn't even completely own "Creep"," he explains.

It has to be said, there are similarities between the two songs.

The song, like the Lust For Life album, features more hopeful and positive themes compared to Lana's previous works but retains the deeply personal lyrics and melancholic tunes she is best known for.

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