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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 06:52 AM
Matthew Fisher has won his claim for a share of the roaylties.
 
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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 07:06 AM
Wow, didn't expect that verdict, but good for Matthew

 

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 07:12 AM
"Matthew Fisher, a founding member of 1960s rock group Procol Harum, has won a High Court battle over who wrote their hit song A Whiter Shade of Pale. Fisher played organ on the 1967 hit and argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody. Mr Justice Blackburne ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright.

Fisher had wanted half but the court ruled lead singer Gary Brooker's contribution was more substantial. Fisher's claim for back royalties - of up to 1m - was also rejected.

Gary Brooker, who still fronts Procol Harum, faces paying a large part of the legal costs estimated at around 500,000."



 

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 08:23 AM
You wonder why this couldn't have been setteled out of court.
 

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 09:00 AM
This is kind of suprising since the Hammond organ line of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was inspired by the Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sleepers Awake" and "Air on a G String". I don't know about y'all, but to me this is sort of like Led Zepplin claiming to have written all those tunes that they essentially stole from Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 09:43 AM
Now Rusty, you know only about 100 songs have ever been written in the history of mankind, all the other songs are just a variation on some other song that has already been written. Truth be told, most bands only know about four or five songs, it's the variations of these songs that make people think they're getting something new.

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 07:58 PM
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Now Rusty, you know only about 100 songs have ever been written in the history of mankind, all the other songs are just a variation on some other song that has already been written. Truth be told, most bands only know about four or five songs, it's the variations of these songs that make people think they're getting something new.

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to kinda quote a very wise woman that post here now & then, they's only so many chords & so many ways to put em together. they gots to be repeated sometime or nother. the OLDER blues men used to do it all the time with music and lyrics. didn't none of them never get they drawers in a wad over it. money'll start a pissin contest ever time

 

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 08:17 PM
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Now Rusty, you know only about 100 songs have ever been written in the history of mankind, all the other songs are just a variation on some other song that has already been written. Truth be told, most bands only know about four or five songs, it's the variations of these songs that make people think they're getting something new.

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to kinda quote a very wise woman that post here now & then, they's only so many chords & so many ways to put em together. they gots to be repeated sometime or nother. the OLDER blues men used to do it all the time with music and lyrics. didn't none of them never get they drawers in a wad over it. money'll start a pissin contest ever time


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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 08:22 PM
With the "limited notes and chords" logic, why should anybody be able to sue anybody over song similarity?

The old blues guys bein' mellow about infingement on their material? Y'need to read up on that matter! It wasn't always like that. There were instances of bluesmen stabbing and shooting one another over this kind of stuff. Start with, "The Devils Music", by Giles Oakley (no relation to Berry).

 

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 09:23 PM
i'm just curious why it took him 40 years to file suit.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 09:28 PM
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i'm just curious why it took him 40 years to file suit.


Maybe he had to be sure Bach was dead.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2006 at 10:40 PM
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i'm just curious why it took him 40 years to file suit.


Maybe he had to be sure Bach was dead.


 

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