Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Songwriter to Sue The Hives, Over Allegations of Plagiarism

A Los Angeles songwriter has accussed The Hives, of ripping off one of his songs.

Jason Shapiro claims that the Swedish Rockers 2007 single, ‘Tick Tick Boom’, uses a vocal melody and riff from his song, ‘Why You?’ Which was recorded by American bands The Roofies in 1997 then again by Three Way in 2002.

Speaking to LA Weekly, Shapiro said friends had alerted him to the similarities after hearing The Hives' 'Tick Tick Boom' in a trailer for the film, Get Smart.

To get a second opinion, Shapiro consulted a musicologist before deciding to sue.

Shapiro said "He [the musicologist] said the part in question - the main riff and vocal melody - was very similar and its uniqueness led him to believe it wasn't just a coincidence."Shapiro added: "I absolutely love The Hives and don't feel great about suing a band I love. But I also feel credit is due where it is due if you borrow a riff."

The Scandinavian Rockers have yet to respond to the allegation.

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