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Thread: Did Guns N Roses plagiarize this song?

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    Default Did Guns N Roses plagiarize this song?

    1981 Australian song called "Unpublished Critics" sounds pretty similar in structure to "Sweet Child O' Mine":


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    Why does it matter though, it was 25+ years ago.
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    Legally, it doesn't matter. But I thought Guns N Roses' song was an original composition.

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    It's close, but even if the statute of limitations wasn't up I don't think it's close enough for them to win a case against G'n'R.
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    The answer is no.
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    Is this the new fat Axl thread?
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    Alert **sending cunt signal to shed**
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    It's a very grey area and the main test (apart from the similarity) would be whether the earlier song is easily recognisable in the later song. I didn't know the song from the title but once I heard it I was singing along straight away (I always thought it was called Get Away) and even though the structure is similar and so is the melody to an extent, hearing Sweet Child didn't instantly bring this song to mind. So IMO any action they brought wouldn't be all that lucrative, given it's a pretty obscure song to anyone who didn't listen to Australian radio in the 80s.
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    Sweet Pie of Mine...
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