Songwriters Band Together

Mick Jagger, Elton John and Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim have joined forces with other songwriters to attack what they say is a wave of unfounded plagiarism claims. They were joined by Sting, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and Phil Collins in endorsing a letter that composer Tim Rice wrote to Britain’s Daily Telegraph. “Any creator of an original tune or lyric should have recourse to legal defense in the event of theft or copying of his work,” Rice wrote. “But this privilege is increasingly being seriously abused.” Rice’s letter was published a day after his frequent collaborator, Andrew Lloyd Webber, was cleared of a plagiarism charge leveled by a man in New York who said Lloyd Webber had stolen music for “Phantom of the Opera.”

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