Sharing the love – artists who’ve had to give away songwriting royalties

These musicians made hits that sound a little too familiar.

For most songwriters, it’s impossible not to take influence from previous decades. Few musicians grew up in a vacuum or found themselves raised without at least a few classic albums. But whether subconsciously or through devious methods, these big names have found themselves accused of stealing songs from the past. And in these cases, they’ve had to give up royalties in order to settle disputes. The lesson here being: avoid every familiar chord sequence or melody at all costs, or face the consequences.