ABKCO Music v. Harrisongs Music  

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Songwriters sometimes subconsciously copy songs that they had heard a decade ago. In a few widely publicized cases, this has resulted in a lawsuit. In Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music, 420 F.Supp. 177 (SDNY 1976), Ronald Mack and his publisher successfully sued George Harrison for copying the melody of Mack's composition "He's So Fine[1]" into Harrison's "My Sweet Lord[2]". This finding was upheld on appeal in 1983 as ABKCO Music v. Harrisongs Music, 722 F.2d 988, 221 USPQ 490.




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