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Friday Factoid: Sam Smith to Pay Royalties For Similarities between Songs

Singer and songwriter Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, co-writers of the 1989 hit song I Won’t Back Down recently reached an amicable out-of court settlement with English singer Sam Smith to resolve the similarities between Petty’s I Won’t Back Down and Smith’s Stay With Me. The settlement calls for Smith to pay a substantial royalty on the revenues derived from Stay With Me. Sources: Business Insider,  Stay With Me,  I Won’t Back Down Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: jwachs@offitkurman.com | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.