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James Arthur and The Script in hit song copyright squabble

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 24 May 2018

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There has been much discussion over recent years in respect of the originality of songs and whether copyright infringement action should be taken against potential copycats, which may have an effect of the creativity of the industry itself.

The most recent copyright scuffle involves two major pop acts.

The Script, the Irish boy band, has confirmed they are filing a claim for copyright infringement against James Arthur.

James Arthur was the winner of the X Factor in 2012 and was re-signed to the same label Syco in 2016.

The claim centres around Arthur’s hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’. This song was arguably the key to James Arthur’s current success and was certainly a big part in getting back in the public’s good books after a period of bad behaviour.

The Script claim the song has nearly identical beats and melodies to their 2008 ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’.

In order to fight their claim, The Script have hired the same lawyer who succeeded in securing Marvin Gaye’s Estate a win in the Blurred Lines case.

The claim also includes a reference to an alleged offer of collaboration between James Arthur and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue in 2014 which was declined.

Speaking of the claim last year, Arthur stated there was no case to answer.

The band are seeking damages reflecting the streaming and touring revenue for the hit, which was number one for three weeks in the UK.

It will be interesting to see if this attracts the attention of the music world as Blurred Lines did or will be another failed attempt to invoke copyright protection on a hit song.

Keep an eye on Lawdit’s reading room to find out.

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