Tom Petty’s crew has sought, and received, credit and royalties for Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” A mashup comparison requires you to slow down Petty’s song and speed up Smith’s song in order to achieve any reasonable resemblance (in my opinion).
Tom Petty quote from Rolling Stone (2006), when some claimed RHCP’s “Dani California” sounded like Petty work.”
“I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there. And a lot of rock ‘n’ roll songs sound alike. Ask Chuck Berry. The Strokes took ‘American Girl’ for their song ‘Last Nite’, and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, ‘OK, good for you’ … If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe [I’d sue]. But I don’t believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over pop songs.”
Is Petty eating his words here?