Radiohead's publisher has come out in defence of its stance on the copyright case outed by singer Lana Del Rey, countering her much-publicised claim that she's being sued by the band by saying that "no lawsuit has been issued" in the case.
Del Rey publicly stated that her song Get Free was the one in question, a song that to most layman ears does indeed quite strongly resemble the chord progression and lyrical melody of Radiohead's angsty anthem of old Creep. Here, look, someone on YouTube has done all the work and compared the two:
What really annoys other people on the internet is the fact that Radiohead themselves have previously been done for copying parts of another song for Creep, with musical lawyers agreeing that the song's structure appears to have been lifted from the opening parts of 1970s banger The Air I That Breathe by The Hollies.
A spokesperson for Radiohead's publisher Warner/Chappell said: "...it's true that we've been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey's representatives. It's clear that the verses of Get Free use musical elements found in the verses of Creep and we've requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of Creep. To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they "will only accept 100%" of the publishing of Get Free." [Guardian]