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Getty Images Jimmy Page sued over Dazed and Confused - 40 years later.

American folk-singer Jake Holmes is suing Led Zeppelin, claiming he wrote their classic song Dazed and Confused. According to several news sources, including the Guardian, More than 40 years after Zeppelin released the song, Holmes, is pursuing Jimmy Page and Zeppelin's labels for at least $1 million in damages.

In the suit, Holmes cited a 1967 copyright registration for Dazed and Confused, renewed in 1995. Holmes released his version in 1967 on his debut album.

Interestingly, that Holmes wrote the song seems to be a fact accepted by many -- see the Dazed and Confused Wiki page -- and the Guardian says the connection between Holmes and Page is no secret.

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Hear the track Drake is accused of ripping off

Getty Images Drake is being sued for copyright infringement by Playboy Enterprises. The suit, according to the CP, alleges his breakout smash Best I Ever Had samples a '70s hit owned by the company.

CP says that in a lawsuit filed June 24, Playboy alleges Drake's mixtape hit contains Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds' 1975 soft-rock tune, Fallin' in Love. And it sure does sound that way. I would be very surprised to learn it's NOT a sample and that they're not just quibbling over ownership. You can hear both tracks below.

The suit names Drake – a.k.a. Aubrey Drake Graham -- as well as Cash Money Records and Universal Music Group.

Best I Ever Had isn't on Drakes chart topping debut Thank Me Later, But it did reach #2 in the U.S. last summer.

CP says, "The lawsuit demands that "all infringing works be recalled and destroyed."

Your first thought might be, bah, as if THAT's ever going to happen. But I am reminded of a certain incident involving the Verve's Bittersweet Symphony. The 1997 song has lyrics written by Richard Ashcroft, but it is now credited to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, following a lawsuit claiming that the song was plagiarized from the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Rolling Stones' 1965 song The Last Time.

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Black Eyed Peas face another plagiarism lawsuit

Getty Images Did the Black Eyed Peas rip off Boom Boom Pow? Oh, these endless plagiarism lawsuits.

The Peas are facing a lawsuit from Phoenix Phenom and her associate Manfred Mohr, alleging the rhythm and lyrics from their massive hit Boom Boom Pow are a little two thousand a late. Okay, I don't know what that was supposed to mean but Phoenix, whose real name is Ebony Latrice Batts, and Manfred are claiming the Peas copied their track Boom Dynamite.

Phenom and Mohr (Phoenix and Manfred? Frankly they both make good names for a duo) have filed a copyright infringement case against the band, saying the tracks are "virtually identical," according to the Gossip Himself, Perez Hilton. Their attorney says,

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Canadian songwriter sues Eddie Vedder over 'Into the Wild' song

Getty Images Canadian Musician Gordon Peterson is suing Eddie Vedder for copyright infringement.

Peterson, of Dundas Ontario, released the album 'Big Harvest' in 1989, under the name Indio. The album contained the single 'Big Hard Sun,' which Vedder covered as 'Hard Sun,' for Sean Penn's 2007 movie 'Into the Wild' (based on the book by the most excellent John Krakauer).

"I hope he liked [my version]," Vedder told Metro earlier this year. Nu uh.

Starpulse, the New York Post and other news outlets are saying Gordon is suing the Pearl Jam frontman.

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Taylor Swift suing sports bar? Not exactly.

Getty Images Reports that Taylor Swift is suing an Idaho sports bar are all over the web. TMZ started it with the very weird post claiming that she "has attached herself to a copyright infringement lawsuit spearheaded by BMI -- the enforcer of music royalties."

The story is that in "a sting operation," BMI deployed an "agent" to go on a "recon mission" at The Sports Cellar bar sometime last year, and the agent noticed the bar was playing music, Taylor's music -- that they hadn't paid for the right to play.

There was karaoke involved. But I thought there still must be more to this story. So I called the The Sports Cellar bar in Lewiston, Idaho (though I first called something called The Sports Cellar in another Idaho city, which turned out to be a sports STORE and not a bar. They said that Taylor Swift was not suing them and they didn't even have karaoke. I said they should. I'd totally spend more time in sports stores of there was karaoke), but they did not return my calls. I did manage to speak to someone at BMI though.

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Katy Perry sues to stop fashion designer trademarking her name

Getty Images Katy Perry is gunning to stop an Australian designer from using the designer's own birth name, Katie Perry, for her clothing label.

An Australian newspaper, aptly named The Australian, says lawyers acting for Katy Perry are opposing a bid by Katie Perry to trademark the Katie Perry name for her clothing label, despite the minor difference in spelling between Katy Perry and Katie Perry.

The Australian Perry started her Katie Perry luxury loungewear label two years ago. She says she was bowled over when she received a letter asking her to stop trading.

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Who's really suing Tony Iommi for the Black Sabbath name?

Getty Images Ozzy Osbourne has released a statement regarding his lawsuit against Tony Iommi for the Black Sabbath name. And it appears to have Sharon Osbourne written all over it.

Ozzy is suing Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi -- who apparently assumed sole ownership of the Black Sabbath name -- for 50% of it. Seems fair right? We all associate Black Sabbath with Ozzy. However…

On Metal Underground, Joel Gausten, the author of the book The Sabbath Interviews weighs in saying, "Ozzy seeking 50% ownership of a band name he had nothing to do with for 16 years is asinine. As someone who loves the post-Ozzy stuff (like The Eternal Idol) as much, if not often more, than the first eight albums, I'd have to say that the TRUE spirit of Black Sabbath will always be with Iommi."
 

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Coldplay disses Satriani in plagiarism case

Getty Images So, Coldplay are denying that they copied bits of Viva la Vida from Joe Satriani's If I Could Fly.

The band's legal team filed court papers this week saying any similarities between Viva la Vida and the rock guitarist's 2004 instrumental track are not enough to warrant damages. On top of that, they allege that Satriani's song "lacks originality" and should not receive copyright protection.

Satriani, as you probably know, is suing Coldplay for any and all profits from the hit track.

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Was Courtney Love robbed of $530 million?

Getty Images Courtney Love says she was robbed. Of about $530 million.

It seems some of the people handling Courtney's financial affairs "lost" all the money Kurt Cobain left her and their daughter Frances Bean, now 16. A team of accountants, forensic investigators and lawyers found that Cobain's estate had been looted of over $30 million in cash and up to $500 million in real estate.

"I have never seen such greed and moral turpitude. This case is going to make Bernard Madoff look warm and fuzzy," Courtney's lawyer, Rhonda J. Holmes, told the New York Post. "We will be filing civil cases . . . within the next 30 days. There are many, many millions missing. We've only been able to track down $30 million, but there is more. And then there is the real estate."

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Workers sue Idol producers

Getty Images Think working on American Idol is all glitz, glamour and giggling at Paula's insane ramblings? Well, you would be wrong. Apparently it's hell. Well, probably not if you're Ryan Seacrest. That looks like a pretty sweet gig. But the lower downs on the totem pole…and now are we all picturing the American Idol totem pole, with Simon on top, then the rest of the judges, then the winners….maybe with Taylor Hicks at the bottom with a "What did I do to deserve this mockery? I just wanna rock the soul patrol!" look carved on his face?

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