Rock Court, Small Claims Division: The Grateful Dead v. Fleetwood Mac

Written by Music, Rock Court

All rise.

The rules of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It is your task to decide if the defendant’s track is only coincidentally similar to the plaintiffs or, as members of the Bar Association put it, like, oh wow, bro. Not cool! You have been duly instructed.

Today’s docket: Fleetwood Mac, plaintiff vs. The Grateful Dead, defendant

Fleetwood Mac – “Station Man” from Kiln House (1970)

Come on, man. Same groove. Just because you pulled from the Kirwan era of the band, you think you’ll get away with it?

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The Grateful Dead – “Passenger” from Terrapin Station (1977)

Come on, man. You can’t copyright a groove. Plus, we’re a jam band. We improv, we rearrange, we jam! We’re just doing our thing!

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Is this plagiarism, man?

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