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Led Zeppelin Sued for Plagiarism

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Industry News, Rock,

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin are being sued for plagiarism over their hit "Stairway to Heaven."

The band have been served legal papers on behalf of late song-writer and guitarist Randy California from the band Spirit, who claimed for years the track's opening notes were lifted from their track "Taurus." Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who is representing a trust for Randy, told Bloomberg Businessweek, "It's been a long time coming. The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on 'Stairway to Heaven.'"

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Quote of the Day: Roberto Cavalli on Zara, Michael Kors

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Roberto Cavalli and Michael Kors

"Now you have designers and you have Zara, which is meant to be fast and sold at a very cheap price, so you expect [copying.]... But Mr. Michael Kors, he copies everything! It’s really a scandal and nobody has the courage to say anything. It’s really not fair."

- Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli calls out Zara and fellow designer Michael Kors on their plagiarizing habits.

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Pharrell Accused of Plagiarizing Franz Ferdinand Song

Pharrell WilliamsPerhaps Pharrell shouldn't break out the champagne glasses for his Grammy wins just yet.

The 40-year-old producer/singer/Arby's hat lover has been accused of stealing the rift from the 2004 Franz Ferdinand song "Take Me Out" for the Paloma Faith track he produced, titled "Can't Rely on You."

"Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask... [sic]," Alex Kapranos - Franz Ferdinand frontman - wrote on Twitter yesterday.

Although Kapranos seems to have taken the plagiarizing in good humor (he later pointed out another similarity between a popular contemporary tune and one from 1986: "THAT's what it is! Royals by Lorde sounds like You're The Voice by John Farnham. A wee bit."), Pharrell has yet to respond. Kapranos hasn't stated whether he'll pursue legal action against him.

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Shia LaBeouf Retiring?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Meltdowns,

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf has announced he is retiring from the public eye.

The 27-year-old actor is taking a step back from the limelight just weeks after he was forced to apologize for plagiarizing author Daniel Clowes' graphic novellas, Justin M. Damiano, for his short film HowardCantour.com.

"In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life... My love goes out to those who have supported me. #stopcreating," the Nymphomaniac star wrote on Twitter this morning.

Shia failed to clarify whether he plans to stop acting completely or simply stop doing interviews and being active on his social media platforms.

The Transformers star came under fire, including from Girls star and creator Lena Dunham, after he employed a team to write a five mile wide message in the sky above Los Angeles on New Year's Day reading, "I AM SORRY DANIEL CLOWES," in an attempt to make peace for plagiarising the comic book writer's work.

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Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Daniel Clowes… Again

Shia LaBeouf's supposed storyboard for an upcoming project

Is there an end to Shia LaBeouf's plagiarism madness?

Although the Nymphomaniac star has since plagiarized others' apologies and shelled out for a skywritten apology directed towards Daniel Clowes - the comic book writer/artist whose novel Justin M. Damiano was the very obvious basis of LaBeouf's short HowardCantour.com - he has now prompted Clowes' lawyer to send him a cease and desist letter over a particular Twitter post which was copied from another of Clowes' works. The photo in question (seen above) is a storyboard he has presumably written to which he captioned, "Story board for my next short "Daniel Boring" Its like Fassbinder meets half-baked Nabokov on Gilligan's Island [sic]." The problem is that David Boring is already a graphic novel put out by Clowes (in 2000!), of which he had previously described in the same way Shia did in his caption.

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Shia LaBeouf: Drug Addict or Professional Troll?

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Movies, Drugs, Meltdowns, Rumors,

Shia LaBeoufIn either an elaborate, confusing way to get the world to take him more seriously as an artist or perhaps the result of a serious drug problem, Shia LaBeouf's true intentions may soon become clearer.

The Nymphomaniac star's troubles began when he debuted his short film HowardCantour.com online last month, much to the shock of artist Daniel Clowe's fans, who noticed the unequivocal similarities between LaBeouf's project and Clowes' 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano. LaBeouf has since profusely apologized to Clowes on his Twitter account, and even went so far as to write out his apology in the clouds. But is he being sincere?

Following the tweet with the photo of his skywritten apology, LaBeouf has reblogged tweets proclaiming his performance artistry with one heralding his behavior as "[parodying]  the modern absurdity of our fake apologies for developing the natural progression of art."

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Shia LaBeouf Organizes Elaborate, Sky High Apology to Clowes

Shia LaBeouf's apology to Daniel Clowes

Shia LaBeouf used a skywriter to apologize for plagiarising a comic book for his short film.

The Transformers actor has been accused of borrowing from artist Daniel Clowes' 2007 graphic novella Justin M. Damiano for his project Howard Cantour.com which debuted online last month, without crediting the inspiration for his short. A message which read, "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" was seen being flown over Los Angeles on New Year's Day.

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Shia LaBeouf May Face Legal Action for Plagiarism

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf may face legal action for plagiarism over a short film he made.

The Transformers actor could be taken to court after being accused of the "blatant" borrowing of another artist's story for his project Howard Cantour.com without giving proper credit. Shia's project, which debuted online on Monday follows the story of a troubled internet film critic, and is extremely similar to a 2007 graphic novella by artist Daniel Clowes called Justin M. Damiano.

According to the New York Daily News newspaper, Clowes declined to comment, but his publisher Fantagraphics' Eric Reynolds claims the artist "is exploring his legal options." "LeBeouf changed the name of the main character, but he used the comic as a direct script and storyboard. Clowes has a real melodramatic voice that is very idiosyncratic and LaBeouf just used the dialogue word for word. There is no ambiguity. There is no way that anybody wrote this but Dan Clowes. It just defies any kind of logic or good sense. This was so blatant and inexcusable that it was as baffling as it was appalling," Eric told the publication.

Shia has since apologized for copying ideas from Clowes in a heartfelt statement posted online, admitting how "embarrassed" he feels about the situation. Howard Cantour.com has since been taken off the internet.


Shia LaBeouf Rips Off ‘Ghost World’ Artist

Shia LaBeouf's Twitter

Shia LaBeouf just can't come out with a project these days without stirring up a bit of controversy. Whether it's with Alec Baldwin on Broadway or Brad Pitt on the set of Fury, it seems as though he's constantly angering someone when it comes to his craft. Today, that someone is Ghost World artist Daniel Clowes.

Although his short film HowardCantour.com - which stars Jim Gaffigan - already premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, it was its online unveiling yesterday that allowed people to take notice and quickly thereafter become outraged over its blatant plagiarism of Clowes' 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano.

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Madonna Wins “Vogue” Lawsuit

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Industry News, Pop,

MadonnaMadonna has won a lawsuit over her track "Vogue."

The "Music" singer's 1990 track was subject of a court case brought by VMG Salsoul, who claim producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone illegally sampled two horn hits from the 1983 track "Love Break" by the Salsoul Orchestra, a track which was, in turn, a remix of their 1976 song "Chicago Bus Stop."

VMG Salsoul claimed new technology enabled them to prove the horns were a sample when they filed the lawsuit earlier this year. Further complicating matters, Robert was the person who remixed "Love Break." The judge eventually decided it didn't matter whether the horns were a sample or not, as he ruled in Madonna's favor, saying the average listener would not notice.

"Having listened to the sound recordings of 'Chicago Bus Stop,' 'Love Break,' and 'Vogue,' the court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognize the appropriation. The Court finds that any sampling of the horn hit was de minimis [sic] or trivial," Californian District Judge Beverly O'Connell said in her ruling.

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