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Sam Smith Settles With Tom Petty Over Stealing His Song For 'Stay With Me'

January 29. 2015

Captiol Records recording artist Sam Smith has been hit with a copyright infringement claim by legendary singer and musician, Tom Petty. Petty is famous for songs such as "Free Fallin" and "You Don't Know How It Feels." Petty sued 22-year-old newcomer Smith over the 2014 song "Stay With Me." The song bears a striking resemblance to Petty's preexisting copyrighted song "I Won't Back Down" which was released in 1989. Smith has settled out of court, paying a financial settlement, issuing a 12.5% cut of royalties and a songwriting credit to Petty and his co-writer Jeff Lynne.

Smith has been nominated for six Grammys for a song that is stolen. The Grammys have become infamous for giving out the coveted statute to thieving artists such as Madonna, Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna and Coldplay, completely devaluing the award. The award isn't worth anything anymore. It's an absolute disgrace and destined for trouble. Something socially and financially negative is already coming out of all this stealing, as U.S. music sales are at an all time low.

Awards need to be rescinded and people forced to give back trophies for having the gall to collect prizes for intellectual property they criminally stole from others. It's is utterly shameful and a black mark on society sending the nasty message, you don't have to work hard in life, just steal. Artists such as Madonna, Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna and Coldplay, who are all in Kabbalah, are modern day Milli Vanillis, but worse. Milli Vanilli didn't steal from anyone.


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