Radiohead made news this week when reports stated that the band was suing Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement over similarities between their single “Creep” and her late-2017 release “Get Free.”
The singer took to Twitter to claim the band was demanding 100% of publishing royalties from the track, even though it “wasn’t inspired by Creep.”
It’s true about the lawsuit. 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. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
Radiohead publisher Warner/Chappell has denied the lawsuit, claiming that they are only seeking writing credits. “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,” a spokesperson said. “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.’
Interestingly enough, “Creep” actually battled its own copyright infringement lawsuit in 1992 for baring a resemblance to The Hollies’ ’74 track “The Air That I Breathe.” Lana Del Rey has not yet responded to the statements from Warner/Chappell.