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    21 Musicians Who Were Sued For Plagiarism

    The winners, the losers, and the many who settled out of court.

    Music copyright is famously complicated, especially when it comes to sampling.

    Settled Out of Court

    1. Joe Satriani vs. Coldplay

    2. Gordon Jenkins vs. Johnny Cash

    3. The Rolling Stones vs. The Verve

    4. Radiohead vs. Lana Del Rey

    5. Willie Dixon vs. Led Zeppelin

    6. Queen & David Bowie vs. Vanilla Ice

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    SBK Records

    7. Chuck Berry vs. The Beatles

    8. Huey Lewis and the News vs. Ray Parker Jr.

    9. The Turtles vs. De La Soul

    10. Chuck Berry vs. The Beach Boys

    11. Tom Petty vs. Sam Smith

    12. The Hollies vs. Radiohead

    13. Metallica vs. Napster

    Plaintiff Won in Court

    14. Yusuf Islam vs. The Flaming Lips

    15. Marvin Gaye's heirs vs. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams

    16. The Chiffons vs. George Harrison

    17. Salvatore Acquaviva vs. Madonna

    Defendant Won in Court

    18. Ed Sheeran vs. Townsend Family

    19. Creedence Clearwater Revival vs. John Fogerty

    20. Spirit vs. Led Zeppelin

    21. Roy Orbison vs. 2 Live Crew

    What do you think about suing over copyright infringement? Should artists be allowed to sample freely, or are royalties a must? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!