Two Smash Songs Inspired By Past Hits Get Very Different Treatment From Copyright Holders - hypebot

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t

wait wasn't pete townshend into kiddie porn...

JTVDigital

Interesting case, and interesting to see the different types of reaction from the original song's authors/performers/copyright owners.

Josh B

Honestly, I don't think you have the authority to comment on this. If you have no idea why the P Funk song sounds similar it means you should have called someone and asked.

Also, is there a bit of race stuff underpinned here?

Steve

the difference is that Townshend is still alive, and touring, still making money

whereas I imagine the Gaye estate relies on the rights of his works as a source of income

fast forward 50 years and the estate of Townshend will be suing anyone that even comes close to any of his works

fraz

Ah, no he wasn't/isn't. Do a bit of research and you'll find Pete Townshend is a tireless campaigner against child abuse.

fraz

Pete Townshend comes off as a class act here. Good on him for showing some maturity and sensibility on the copyright issue. One Direction and their management would be wise to do the same and acknowledge that they've "borrowed" from Pete Townshend and The Who, and maybe thank them for the inspiration too.
A small correction to Pete's comments is needed: Randy Bachman definitely shared the leadership of the Guess Who with Burton Cummings, the lead singer. The hit song "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" is not a Guess Who song. It was released in 1974 by Randy Bachman's new group, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO), after he left the Guess Who in 1970.

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