British rock band deny claims of lawsuit with singer over copyright infringement

Influential British rock band Radiohead have denied claims that they have filed a lawsuit against American singer Lana Del Rey, after it was alleged that the 32-year-old star had infringed Radiohead’s copyright in her recent song, ‘Get Free’.

Reports initially emerged suggesting that Radiohead’s legal team would be suing Lana Del Rey amid concerns that her track contains elements directly lifted from Radiohead’s 1993 hit ‘Creep’.

Shortly after the rumours broke, Lana Del Rey seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter, where she wrote: “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100 per cent of the publishing.”

The successful singer claimed that she had offered Radiohead 40 per cent of the publishing royalties she received for “Get Free,” but that the band “will only accept 100.”

“Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court,” she tweeted.

More recently, a spokesperson on behalf of Radiohead denied claims that the band is currently pursuing legal action against Lana Del Rey.

However, they have indicated that the band has been involved in “discussions” with the American singer which have run on for a number of months.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “It’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives.

“It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of ‘Creep’.

“To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100 per cent’ of the publishing of ‘Get Free’.”

The news has attracted public attention, as listeners commented about the similarities between “Creep” and “Get Free”.

The case follows a trend of musicians being sued for copyright infringement, including Ed Sheeran’s out of court settlement with songwriters due to similarities with his song “Photograph” and Matt Cardle’s song, “Amazing.”

The progress of the discussions between Lana Del Rey and Radiohead remains to be seen.

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