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, ha-ha, busted! You have been duly instructed.

Today’s docket: The Hollies, plaintiffs vs. The Posies, defendants

The Hollies, “Jennifer Eccles” (single, 1968)

You stole our chorus! You stole it and everybody knows it!

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The Posies, “Golden Blunders” from Dear 23 (1990)

Oh, you have got to be kidding. Is there a slight similarity? Maybe. But at least we’re more clever than those lame “la-la-la’s” of yours.

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