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The Hives Facing Legal Action Over Alleged Plagiarism

October 30, 2008 (8:00 am) GMT
Alleging that the resemblance between his song and The Hives' single is not only a coincidence, Jason Shapiro sues the band for copyright infringement.
The Hives Facing Legal Action Over Alleged Plagiarism

Swedish rock band will enter the court room against Jason Shapiro as he sues them for copyright infringement. The U.S. songwriter claims that the vocal melody and riff from the band's song "Tick Tick Boom" off their 2007 LP, "", are taken from a song penned by him called "Why You?".

Shapiro says that he first found the similarity between the two songs after listening "Tick Tick Boom" featured on the trailer of movie "". Curious with the resemblance between the two singles, he then took both songs to a musicologist.

"He (the musicologist) said the part in question - the main riff and vocal melody - was very similar and its uniqueness led him to believe it wasn't just a coincidence," Shapiro opens up about his meeting with the expert. "He also runs it through a background test seeing if any charts from previous songs are close and we were clear on that front."

The Hives haven't reached out for a statement concerning the issue. Meanwhile, Shapiro reveals that the circumstance has put him in an unhappy situation. "I absolutely love The Hives and don't feel great about suing a band I love. But I also feel credit is due where it is due if you borrow a riff," he adds in a statement.

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