Currently, the writing credits on “Get Free” list Lana Del Rey, Kieron Menzies, and Rick Nowels. Sunday morning, The Sun reported: “It’s understood that Radiohead’s team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties.”
Later, Lana addressed the reports on Twitter, explaining, “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100.”
Interestingly, this isn’t the first copyright infringement case involving “Creep.” Radiohead themselves were sued by The Hollies for plagiarizing their 1974 song “The Air That I Breathe.” The Hollies won the case. Now, Radiohead’s liner notes credit The Hollies’ Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood as co-writers of “Creep,” and the two split royalties with the band.
This follows another high-profile song plagiarizing lawsuit from 2015, when Pharrell Williams and Robin Thick were forced to pay $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s family over “Blurred Lines.”
You can hear Lana Del Rey’s “Get Free” and Radiohead’s “Creep” side-by-side below.