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 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

Anyone knows?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   jigawatts   (Member)

I don't know if anyone has ever sued, but Zack Hemsey was pretty mad at Steve Jablonsky for copying his composition, Mind Heist, for Transformers Dark of the Moon:

http://zackhemsey.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-our-fight-bysteve-jablonsky.html

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Wasn't Horner sued by Nino Rota's estate for... Honey I Shrunk The Kids?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

There was the case of Les Baxter and ET

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Miklos Rozsa sued over Walter Schumann's use of Rozsa's "The Killers" motif in the opening bars of Schumann's "Dragnet" theme. Both composers were at Universal. The march section of Schumann's "Dragnet" theme first appeared (at least the germ of it) in his score to the 1947 picture THE WISTFUL WIDOW OF WAGON GAP.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

Miklos Rozsa brought action against Walter Schumann for allegedly lifting the famous 1950's "Dragnet" TV theme 4 note intro from Rozsa's score for the film "The Killers" (1946). The two settled and eventually shared in the royalties.


The hit version using Schumann's theme (Ray Anthony Orchestra)


Here's Rozsa's "Killers"theme:
http://www.freemp3go.com/track.php?id=Z1dXbEhZZ1FuNjg=

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

There was the case of Les Baxter and ET

What?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

From wikipedia: "Horner’s main title music incorporates cues from 1973 Amarcord by Nino Rota and Raymond Scott’s 1937 Powerhouse B tune, often referenced in Carl Stalling’s Warner Bros. cartoon scores. Scott's piece was used without payment or credit, leading his estate to threaten legal action against Disney. Disney paid an undisclosed sum in an out-of-court settlement and changed the film's cue sheets to credit Scott."

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Didn't Elliott Goldenthal successfully sue Tyler Bates for swiping shamelessly from his Titus score in 300? I know that the eventual DVD/Blu-Ray came with a "portions of this score have been adapted from sources not written by Tyler Bates" (or something to this effect) notation on the back.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 6:37 AM   
 By:   Elmo Bernstein   (Member)

I recall the Gustav Holst estate accused Hans Zimmer or plagiarizing "Mars" in the Gladiator battle music. I don't know if anything ever came of this.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

There was the case of Les Baxter and ET

What?


The judgment: http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/812/421/99586/

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I recall the Gustav Holst estate accused Hans Zimmer or plagiarizing "Mars" in the Gladiator battle music. I don't know if anything ever came of this.

I can't find any record of this being resolved...I will ask someone who might represent the Holst Estate next time I'm at the museum and see if they can shed any light.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Didn't Elliott Goldenthal successfully sue Tyler Bates for swiping shamelessly from his Titus score in 300? I know that the eventual DVD/Blu-Ray came with a "portions of this score have been adapted from sources not written by Tyler Bates" (or something to this effect) notation on the back.

And now Goldenthal is pretty much blackballed from WB, right?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

Very interesting. Just bought Les Baxter's "Joy" from iTunes. If I hadn't just read about the lawsuit, I would have never made any connection to E.T., and even knowing the complaint, any connection is pretty weak IMO.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

And now Goldenthal is pretty much blackballed from WB, right?

Yes. WB holds grudges.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Andre Previn is reputed to have sued Richard LaSalle who would seem to have borrowed from everyone. Surprised he wasnt sued more often.
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.music.movies/suW2LwLNYf4

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   Ludwig van   (Member)

I recall the Gustav Holst estate accused Hans Zimmer or plagiarizing "Mars" in the Gladiator battle music. I don't know if anything ever came of this.

Very interesting. That being the case, why would this not have happened with STAR WARS: EPISODE IV? Of course we all know the film was temp tracked with Mars, but the score is so close as to be more than a mere homage. What's the difference there? Or, for that matter, with the start of the naval scene in BEN-HUR, where again there's more than just an homage to the same piece? Any thoughts?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Wasn't there a lawsuit surrounding the music for The Color Purple?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

Jean Claude Petit and Danny Elfman - Batman and Cyrano De Bergerac similarities.
There is mentioned court case in various articles (like this: http://www.mfiles.co.uk/composers/Jean-Claude-Petit.htm), but I can´t find anything official.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2013 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Don't the studios normally hold copyright on their "work for hire" film compositions? If so, why do we speak of composers suing -- especially since the studios are the ones with the money to pursue such activities?

 
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