“Famed Indian filmaker Satyajit Ray was ripped off by Steven Spielberg. Ray wrote a script called ‘The Alien’ and it was set to be his first Hollywood film, but was cancelled at the last minute before preproduction. It was going to star Marlon Brando in 1969. Ray and Spielberg had the same agent (although about 15 years apart) and the agent gave the idea to Spielberg’s attention (from a book on Ray): …the plagiarizing of Ray’s 1967 script “The Alien” by Columbia Pictures and its re-emergence as Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (Ray wrote in detail about this: ‘ET would not have been possible without my script of The Alien being available throughout America in mimeographed copies.’) ”
“Whole Lotta Love” – Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” was appropriated, without credit, from famed African composer Willie Dixon’s “You Need Love.” Although the main guitar riff was composed
by Jimmy Page himself, Robert Plant based the lyrics on Dixon’s song. Dixon and his music publisher received a million dollars in credit and royalties, after a 1985 lawsuit was settled out of court.
The Beach Boys’ hit “Surfin’ USA”
The Beach Boys’ hit “Surfin’ USA”, originally credited as composed by Brian Wilson, is in large part a direct copy of African performer Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”. Chuck Berry has since been given full writer credit (both lyrics and music) on the track. When Chuck Berry first protested the situation he was jailed for five years on trumped up charges, due to the rising sun of the Beach Boys (with sponsorships from Honda, etc) … John Lennon was succinct: “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.”
Stones, Beatles, Paul Simon
Stones, Beatles, Paul Simon….how they ripped off African and Indian music…coming next…(and why Sri Lankans have to learn jazz from the British Council…)