The British band may not have performed the single Creep for years but that hasn’t stopped them from taking legal action against the singer for allegedly ‘ripping off’ their song.
They claim Del Rey’s Get Free is too similar to Creep and therefore deserve the publishing rights – all of them.
Del Rey confirmed the news on Twitter and went into some detail about the unsavory dispute.
‘It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100,’ she said.
‘Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.’
It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – 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.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
Despite the Summertime Sadness star claiming to have not been inspired by their song and having since offered the band 40% publishing rights, it appears that’s simply not good enough.
Fans on Twitter weren’t impressed by their demands, either.
— Dane (@htxdane) January 7, 2018
radiohead / thom yorke demanding 100% of the publishinghaha. greedy little toads
— joe (@autoneutron_) January 7, 2018
40% in royalties is pretty generous for a song that was also previously sued for using the same chord progression. Just saying, why get greedy. Seems desperate on Radiohead’s part.
— Darcy (@mermaiddrips) January 8, 2018
However, the irony is that Radiohead themselves were accused of copyright infringement a few years ago, by The Hollies’ for their song The Air That I Breathe, whereby they ended up having to pay out a percentage of the rights to its songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood.
Radiohead aren’t one to shy away from public arguments, having been involved into a public spat last year with film director Ken Loach after he urged them to cancel their concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, for political reasons.
But it’ll be up to the courts to decide whether Del Rey has too closely been inspired by Creep or whether it’s just a big old coincidence that the songs sound similar.