Representatives for Warner/Chappell say they have been in discussions with Lana’s camp about alleged similarities between ‘Get Free’ and ‘Creep’, but no lawsuit has been filed
Earlier this week reports circulated that Del Rey was being sued over alleged similarities between “Get Free”, taken from last year’s Lust For Life, and Radiohead’s 1992 hit “Creep”. “It’s true about the lawsuit,” she tweeted on Sunday (January 7). “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was... I offered up to 40 (per cent of its publishing rights) over the last few months but they will only accept 100.”
Yesterday (January 9), a representative for Radiohead’s publishers Warner/Chappell admitted that they had been in discussions with Del Rey‘s camp, according to Pitchfork, but that no lawsuit had yet been filed and that Radiohead were not demanding 100 per cent of the publishing royalties.
It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing - I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives,” the statement reads. “It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of ‘Creep’. To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100 per cent’ of the publishing of ‘Get Free’.”
Del Rey made allusions to the threat of legal action in a concert in Denver. Before playing a medley including “Get Free” she reportedly told the audience, “I do have a particular song that Radiohead wants 100 per cent of my publishing for... Regardless if it gets taken down off of everything, that those sentiments that I wrote (in the song), I really am going to strive for them, even if that song is not on future physical releases of the record.”