Radiohead publisher says band has not sued Lana Del Rey over copyright claim yet

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

January 09, 2018
Radiohead publisher says band has not sued Lana Del Rey over copyright claim yet Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Spotify

On Sunday, Lana Del Rey tweeted that she was being sued by Radiohead for allegedly copying the band's debut single "Creep" for her 2017 song "Get Free." She added that the band wouldn't settle for less than "100%" of her song's publishing rights. But on Tuesday, a Warner/Chappell spokesperson issued a statement to The FADER disputing the singer's claim and saying that the band had not yet issued any lawsuit.

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The statement in full from a Warner/Chappell spokesperson reads as follows: “As Radiohead’s music publisher, 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%” of the publishing of ‘Get Free.’”

Radiohead was once accused of taking key parts from The Hollies's "The Air I Breathe" to write "Creep." The parties reportedly reached a mutual settlement.

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