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Dave Lifton, who writes for both Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser, is a podcaster and author of several books. A native of New York, he now lives in Chicago, where he's usually staring out at Lake Michigan from his apartment or getting into arguments with Bears fans. Also, he likes Bruce Springsteen and pulled pork sandwiches.
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Def Leppard Will Not Sue One Direction for Plagiarism

It looks like One Direction have escaped another potential lawsuit for plagiarism. In a recent interview, Def Leppard said that they have no problems with the similarities between their anthem ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ and the boy band’s ‘Midnight Memories,’ saying, “It’s all good.”

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One Direction May Have Plagiarized Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’

For the second time this year, British boy band One Direction are being accused of ripping off a classic rock tune. The chorus to their new hit, ‘Midnight Memories’ sounds suspiciously like Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me.’

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Led Zeppelin’s Spotify Deal Hits Tribute Bands Hard

Led Zeppelin’s decision last week to finally allow their music to be streamed on Spotify may be a financial boom to the two parties involved, but it is likely to negatively affect the bottom line of those who were covering the band’s catalog on the popular online service.

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Beatles Releasing Rarities Album to Fight Copyright Laws

Yesterday (Dec. 13) we learned that the Beatles were putting out a set of 59 outtakes, demos and songs cut for the BBC. Today we learn that ‘The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963’ is being released on Tuesday (Dec. 17) in order for them to retain their copyrights.

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Bob Dylan Charged With Hate Crime In France

Given that songs like 'Blowin' in the Wind,' 'Only a Pawn in Their Game' and 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' perfectly captured the mood of the Civil Rights Movement, you'd think Bob Dylan would be one of the last people to be accused of racism. But the legendary songwriter has officially been accused by French authorities of "public insult and inciting hate."

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Duets Between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson Might Get Released

In 1983, Freddie Mercury recorded some tracks with Michael Jackson that have remained in Queen's vault. Now, drummer Roger Taylor tells us that he and Brian May have completed them, and the songs will see the light of day, pending approval from Jackson's estate.

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