Plagiarism is a bit of a taboo subject within the music industry. Some say it is unavoidable since there are only so many notes on a piano and chord shapes on a guitar. But others will swear blind that using a riff, melody, or tone of another artist’s song is stealing, ripping, robbing and thieving and is unequivocally wrong.
Either way, it can take years and even decades for a jury to decide who is right. So many warring musicians settle out of court.
Take a look at these big name artists whose names of have been dragged through the dirt after they were accused of stealing music.