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Beach Boys vs. Katy Perry? A warning, not a lawsuit

Katy Perry-Snoop DoggThe publishing company that control the rights to the Beach Boys’ 1966 hit “California Girls” isn’t suing Katy Perry and rapper Snoop Dogg over her recent, similarly minded chart-topper “California Gurls,” as has been reported in stories circulating on the Internet.

But Rondor Music International has sent a warning to Perry, Snoop — a.k.a. Calvin Broadus — and their co-writers and publishers arguing that Beach Boys founding members Brian Wilson and Mike Love should receive co-writing credits because Perry’s record lifts the phrase “I wish they all could be California girls” from the original record.

“Using the words or melody in a new song taken from an original work is not appropriate under any circumstances, particularly from one as well known and iconic as 'California Girls',” Rondor said in a statement issued Wednesday. “Rondor Music, who publishes the works of Brian Wilson and Mike Love, is committed to protecting the rights of its artists and songwriters, and with the support of the writers, that is exactly what we are doing.”

Wilson and Love each told The Times recently that they are fans of Perry’s song, which spent six weeks in the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. In the version that includes a rap from Snoop Dogg, the Long Beach rapper speaks the line near the end of the record, the first single from her new album, "Teenage Dream," set for Aug. 24 release.

"The melody is infectious, and I'm flattered that Snoop Dogg used our lyric on the tag," Wilson said. In a separate interview, Love asked, “What’s not to like?”

Publishers, however, have different agendas than musicians, hence Rondor’s letter of notice to Perry’s camp. “We have established diminutive claim,” Rondor’s statement said. “It is up to the six writers and various publishers of ‘California Gurls’ to decide whether they honor the claim or not.”

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Perry and Snoop Dogg at the MTV Movie Awards in June in Los Angeles. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


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Brian Wilson is too nice. I hope she's sued into oblivion.

Are you rally entitled to a co-writing credit for just one line, even if it is a
memorable one? There is a limit to the number of phrases that can exist
for a set number of words. What percentage entitles you to compensation,etc.

Big Beach Boys fan here. I hate Katy Perry and think California Gurls is an idiotic song that people will forget in a few years from now. That being said, the song sounds NOTHING like California Girls. The lyric is simply an homage to the original.

Are they also going to sue Neil Young for having the lyric "Caroline No" in "Long May You Run" where he's giving respect to the Beach Boys?

Don't tell Rondors about Weezer's In the Garage (hrrrm, In My Room).

Brian Wilson's response was not surprising. It's not just because he's "too nice", but because he still has some basic sense. Mike Love, on the other hand, surprised me.

I think it's much more shocking that it took 6 writers to write a pop song that no one will remember. Or all these all lawyers with songwriting credits?

SimonThunder 4 new American Idol judge spot 4 the integrity & ethics in talent!Lol.Seriously,Katy Perry,Snoop Dogg,Capitol records do this alot
Capitol Records Twit Katy Perry to be sued by Grammy Voting BMI Published Artist Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder for what amounts to stolen melodies from songs, words, and musical riffs already copyrighted, RIAA & BMI protected, and 2008 Grammy accepted submissions!??
Katy Perry and her illegal Copyright Infringement of the Simon Thunder song "Cali(fornia) Girl"
Current mood: shocked Is (*Jericho Thunder is Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder - JT Thunder/Xander7*)
Category: Music (*Is Jericho Thunder Real?? Yes, he is Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder - JT Thunder/Xander7*)
Whoever stole/wrote, produced, arranged, recorded, mixed, played, and party to your song "California Gurls" has infringed on my melody, lyrics, and musical riffs from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song which was written long ago and copyrighted for recorded release in 2007-2008. My song was listed in many categories on 2008 Grammy list! Seriously, don't you folks have anything else to do besides rip other artists off!!!
If you want to pursue this illegal action and be sued let me know?? If you are not smart enough or musically proficient enough to hear it in the mix. I will be happy to help educate and school you!!
Here is the link for copyright infringement! It is my main two melodical riffs from my song underlying and overlaid on the her song! That is all I found so far!!! No doubt her upcoming album will be scrutinized for more theft of my musical and lyrical property! Seriously, to sing the same words from my song on the same melody from my song! How utterly impudent! How lame!!! A hook melody is the main part of every song the soul and identity of it! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringemen

t
The Snoop Dogg was also listed as one of the songwriters on the Katy Perry song. It looks like I have to sue him and Capitol/Interscope/Universal Records along with all the other songwriters, including Katy Perry.
Cordozar Calvin Broadus, better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene. Check the link below
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/1/20100711/ten-snoop-dogg

-sued-for-copyright-infrin-c60bd6d.html
Songwriters for Katy Perry theft of my Simon Thunder melody from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song:

Broadus, Cordazar Calvin; Gottwald, Lucasz ; Levin, Benjamin; Max; Martin; Mckee, Bonnie; Perry, Katy affiliated with Capitol Records/Interscope!

Link to first accusation of katy Perry borrowing something leading towards dishonorable and unethical with the possibilty of theft and unoriginal desperation to be more than she is http://www.posh24.com/katy_perry/is_katy_perry_a_t

This time she went to far! People who flirt with unethical behavior eventually run out of luck or the mercy and grace afforded to them to learn before they get metaphorically smacked and taught a lesson buy the legal system because the messed with the wrong person! l get busted! I promise! Stay tuned!
hief

SimonThunder 4 new American Idol judge spot 4 the integrity & ethics in talent!Lol.Seriously,Katy Perry,Snoop Dogg,Capitol records do this alot
Capitol Records Twit Katy Perry to be sued by Grammy Voting BMI Published Artist Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder for what amounts to stolen melodies from songs, words, and musical riffs already copyrighted, RIAA & BMI protected, and 2008 Grammy accepted submissions!??
Katy Perry and her illegal Copyright Infringement of the Simon Thunder song "Cali(fornia) Girl"
Current mood: shocked Is (*Jericho Thunder is Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder - JT Thunder/Xander7*)
Category: Music (*Is Jericho Thunder Real?? Yes, he is Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder - JT Thunder/Xander7*)
Whoever stole/wrote, produced, arranged, recorded, mixed, played, and party to your song "California Gurls" has infringed on my melody, lyrics, and musical riffs from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song which was written long ago and copyrighted for recorded release in 2007-2008. My song was listed in many categories on 2008 Grammy list! Seriously, don't you folks have anything else to do besides rip other artists off!!!
If you want to pursue this illegal action and be sued let me know?? If you are not smart enough or musically proficient enough to hear it in the mix. I will be happy to help educate and school you!!
Here is the link for copyright infringement! It is my main two melodical riffs from my song underlying and overlaid on the her song! That is all I found so far!!! No doubt her upcoming album will be scrutinized for more theft of my musical and lyrical property! Seriously, to sing the same words from my song on the same melody from my song! How utterly impudent! How lame!!! A hook melody is the main part of every song the soul and identity of it! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringemen

t
The Snoop Dogg was also listed as one of the songwriters on the Katy Perry song. It looks like I have to sue him and Capitol/Interscope/Universal Records along with all the other songwriters, including Katy Perry.
Cordozar Calvin Broadus, better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene. Check the link below
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/1/20100711/ten-snoop-dogg

-sued-for-copyright-infrin-c60bd6d.html
Songwriters for Katy Perry theft of my Simon Thunder melody from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song:

Broadus, Cordazar Calvin; Gottwald, Lucasz ; Levin, Benjamin; Max; Martin; Mckee, Bonnie; Perry, Katy affiliated with Capitol Records/Interscope!

Link to first accusation of katy Perry borrowing something leading towards dishonorable and unethical with the possibilty of theft and unoriginal desperation to be more than she is http://www.posh24.com/katy_perry/is_katy_perry_a_t

This time she went to far! People who flirt with unethical behavior eventually run out of luck or the mercy and grace afforded to them to learn before they get metaphorically smacked and taught a lesson buy the legal system because the messed with the wrong person! l get busted! I promise! Stay tuned!
hief

SimonThunder 4 new American Idol judge spot 4 the integrity & ethics in talent! Lol. Seriously, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Capitol Records do this a lot. The have been sued and accused before, lost, and settle out of court.Capitol Records Twit Katy Perry to be sued by Grammy Voting BMI Published Artist Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder for what amounts to stolen melodies from songs, words, and musical riffs already copyrighted, RIAA & BMI protected, and 2008 Grammy accepted submissions!??
Katy Perry and her illegal Copyright Infringement of the Simon Thunder song "Cali(fornia) Girl"
Current mood: shocked Is (*Jericho Thunder is Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder - JT Thunder/Xander7*)
Category: Music (*Is Jericho Thunder Real?? Yes, he is Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder - JT Thunder/Xander7*)
Whoever stole/wrote, produced, arranged, recorded, mixed, played, and party to your song "California Gurls" has infringed on my melody, lyrics, and musical riffs from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song which was written long ago and copyrighted for recorded release in 2007-2008. My song was listed in many categories on 2008 Grammy list! Seriously, don't you folks have anything else to do besides rip other artists off!!!
If you want to pursue this illegal action and be sued let me know?? If you are not smart enough or musically proficient enough to hear it in the mix. I will be happy to help educate and school you!!
Here is the link for copyright infringement! It is my main two melodical riffs from my song underlying and overlaid on the her song! That is all I found so far!!! No doubt her upcoming album will be scrutinized for more theft of my musical and lyrical property! Seriously, to sing the same words from my song on the same melody from my song! How utterly impudent! How lame!!! A hook melody is the main part of every song the soul and identity of it! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringemen

t
The Snoop Dogg was also listed as one of the songwriters on the Katy Perry song. It looks like I have to sue him and Capitol/Interscope/Universal Records along with all the other songwriters, including Katy Perry.
Cordozar Calvin Broadus, better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene. Check the link below
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/1/20100711/ten-snoop-dogg

-sued-for-copyright-infrin-c60bd6d.html
Songwriters for Katy Perry theft of my Simon Thunder melody from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song:

Broadus, Cordazar Calvin; Gottwald, Lucasz ; Levin, Benjamin; Max; Martin; Mckee, Bonnie; Perry, Katy affiliated with Capitol Records/Interscope!

Link to first accusation of katy Perry borrowing something leading towards dishonorable and unethical with the possibilty of theft and unoriginal desperation to be more than she is http://www.posh24.com/katy_perry/is_katy_perry_a_t

This time she went to far! People who flirt with unethical behavior eventually run out of luck or the mercy and grace afforded to them to learn before they get metaphorically smacked and taught a lesson buy the legal system because the messed with the wrong person! l get busted! I promise! Stay tuned!
hief
Posted to twitter and my updates on May 24, 2010:
Your a hitmaker when Katy Perry and company try to steal your melodies in your Copyrighted BMI Published song. No doubt! She will get sued!
posted new blog entries: The NARAS sponsored "Performance Rights Act" and other pertinent issues. and Katy Perry and her illegal Copyright Infringement of Simon Thunder song "Cali(fornia) Girl"!


SimonThunder 4 new American Idol judge spot 4 the integrity & ethics in talent! Interestingly, Beach boys Rondor Music is affilated (owned by) with Interscope, which is Snoop Dogg's parent label who was part of the copyright infringement against Simon Thunder. Capitol records is probably trying to suppress the attention that is Simon Thunder's claim is receiving. How very odd! That they have not comne out against him. Actions speak so loud. You all screwed up and will indeed be punished for it.! Accept it. You are wrong. Simon Thunder would not give you his songs so you stole ideas, words, and melodies. Companies don't sue themselves and make press about it, because it is an in house issue!

Capitol Records Twit Katy Perry to be sued by Grammy Voting BMI Published Artist Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder for what amounts to stolen melodies from songs, words, and musical riffs already copyrighted, RIAA & BMI protected, and 2008 Grammy accepted submissions!??
Katy Perry and her illegal Copyright Infringement of the Simon Thunder song "Cali(fornia) Girl"
Current mood: shocked Is (*Jericho Thunder is Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder - JT Thunder/Xander7*)
Category: Music (*Is Jericho Thunder Real?? Yes, he is Simon Dylan Ian Xander Thunder - JT Thunder/Xander7*)
Whoever stole/wrote, produced, arranged, recorded, mixed, played, and party to your song "California Gurls" has infringed on my melody, lyrics, and musical riffs from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song which was written long ago and copyrighted for recorded release in 2007-2008. My song was listed in many categories on 2008 Grammy list! Seriously, don't you folks have anything else to do besides rip other artists off!!!
If you want to pursue this illegal action and be sued let me know?? If you are not smart enough or musically proficient enough to hear it in the mix. I will be happy to help educate and school you!!
Here is the link for copyright infringement! It is my main two melodical riffs from my song underlying and overlaid on the her song! That is all I found so far!!! No doubt her upcoming album will be scrutinized for more theft of my musical and lyrical property! Seriously, to sing the same words from my song on the same melody from my song! How utterly impudent! How lame!!! A hook melody is the main part of every song the soul and identity of it! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringemen

t
The Snoop Dogg was also listed as one of the songwriters on the Katy Perry song. It looks like I have to sue him and Capitol/Interscope/Universal Records along with all the other songwriters, including Katy Perry.
Cordozar Calvin Broadus, better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene. Check the link below
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/1/20100711/ten-snoop-dogg

-sued-for-copyright-infrin-c60bd6d.html
Songwriters for Katy Perry theft of my Simon Thunder melody from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song:

Broadus, Cordazar Calvin; Gottwald, Lucasz ; Levin, Benjamin; Max; Martin; Mckee, Bonnie; Perry, Katy affiliated with Capitol Records/Interscope!

Link to first accusation of katy Perry borrowing something leading towards dishonorable and unethical with the possibilty of theft and unoriginal desperation to be more than she is http://www.posh24.com/katy_perry/is_katy_perry_a_t

This time she went to far! People who flirt with unethical behavior eventually run out of luck or the mercy and grace afforded to them to learn before they get metaphorically smacked and taught a lesson buy the legal system because the messed with the wrong person! l get busted! I promise! Stay tuned!
hief
Posted to twitter and my updates on May 24, 2010:
Your a hitmaker when Katy Perry and company try to steal your melodies in your Copyrighted BMI Published song. No doubt! She will get sued!
posted new blog entries: The NARAS sponsored "Performance Rights Act" and other pertinent issues. and Katy Perry and her illegal Copyright Infringement of Simon Thunder song "Cali(fornia) Girl"!
My brief note to Grammy corporate:
Perhaps, you folks might want to take some action of your own with Ms. Katy Perry and writing team/producers/the label etc. It is quite obvious if you are a musical person, but to do it such a blatant fashion is just really low! I mean to completely disregard my Grammy accomplishments as a Grammy Voting Member and Artist! Regarding what? Well, how about that she/they swiped a couple of my main melodies/concept from my "Cali(fornia) Girl" song and put them into her "California Gurlz" song. I mean really, is it necessary to educate every unethical ignoramus by engaging in a ugly lawsuit! I willingly pursued being a voting member with specific independent agendas that benefit the greater whole. Where as Katy Perry membership was handed to her after her corporate record label lobbies to get her nominated.Morons

If they looked at the lyrics...they're similar but not the same. BB sang the line as "I wish they all could be California girls" while KP & SD sing the line as "I really wish you all could be California girls" This is just another way for the BB to try and make more money. I like them but dang....get over it. Your song is over 50 years old....copyrights only last so long unless you renew them.


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