Pitbull And Kesha’s “Timber” Has Been Accused Of Copyright Infringement
It’s going down, they’re yelling lawsuit! Kesha and Pitbull’s chart-topping hit “Timber” is the source of multi-million dollar legal proceedings. Songwriters Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar and Greg Errico claim the song’s killer harmonica riff was lifted from their 1978 recording “San Francisco Bay” and they want $3 million in compensation for copyright infringement.
The miffed trio maintain that Paul Harrington, who played harmonica player on “Timber”, was instructed to emulate “San Francisco Bay” to give it “an identical texture and sound”. But here’s where it gets even more complicated. It seems that Sony might have obtained a license to use their work but the songwriters still haven’t received a cent. Compare the tracks after the jump.
Here is Lee Oskar’s “San Francisco Bay”:
And the flawlessness of “Timber”:
Is it the same riff? Have your song in the comments below.
[Via Digital Spy].
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