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Music Mondays: Disney Fights Copyright Lawsuit Over “Frozen II”

Musician Daniel Grigson has filed suit against Walt Disney Corporation and “Frozen 2” songwriter Robert Lopez claiming that the song “Some Things Never Change” is far too similar to his song “That Girl” from 2001. “Grigson calls out nearly every tune element, saying that the beat, rhythm, feel, theme, and words are all too similar to his song.” Grigson is seeking monetary compensation to prevent Disney from further using the song. Copyright infringement cases must prove that the offending party has heard, or is likely to have heard, the alleged “original” piece of music. It needs to be clarified if there is any claim being made regarding how the songwriters would have come into contact with this other song.

“Grigson reportedly hired somebody to analyze the two songs, and they found the songs to be similar from both an auditory and technical standpoint. The lawsuit asks Disney to pay him some portion of the song’s profits to date and stop using it. This is far from the first time we’ve seen Disney get sued for allegedly stealing an idea from somebody else. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been sued several times by one person claiming that concepts for the original film were his first. These cases are traditionally dismissed or settled out of court, so we never really know what happens.”

– Excerpt from an article for CinemaBlend by Dirk Libbey. Read the full article here.


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