Lindsay Buckingham gives retroactive credit and payment to songwriters after accidental plagiarism

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Former Fleetwood Mac Musician Forgot It Wasn’t His Original Demo

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Lindsay Buckingham has given retrospective credit to two songwriters whose track she accidentally plagiarized forgetting that it was not her demo.

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The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist/singer, who released his seventh solo album in September, has paid a similar monetary amount to Jordan Zadorozny of Blinker the Star and Brad Lenner of Medicine. He also provided them with a share of co-writing credits and publications for their song ‘Swan Song’, which was found to have plagiarized the pair’s ‘Mind’s Eye’.

Zadorozny noticed that Buckingham’s song, which appears on his new self-titled album, is remarkably similar to the collaborative track he had written with Lanner more than 20 years ago. [via Spin],


It also had similar songs. On ‘Mind’s Eye’ the chorus goes: “I don’t mind waiting / Do you have to hold on to me by now? / Should I keep waiting? / In the shadow of our mind’s eyes.,

Meanwhile, ‘Swan Song’ goes: “But am I right to keep waiting? / Is it okay to hold me for so long? / Yes, should I keep waiting / In the shadow of our swan song.,

To rocker, it turns out that Zadorozny met Buckingham in 2000 when he signed to DreamWorks. Label president Lenny Waronkar asked him who he wanted to make his next record with, and Zadorozny chose Buckingham.

“It’s something I used to think about as a high school kid going to bed at night,” he told the publication. “It was pure fantasy. ‘Of all my heroes, who could I work with?’ And then it was, ‘Wow, this is really happening.'”


Buckingham agreed to produce two songs for Zadorozny. The pair then went into the studio to record with Medicine’s Lanner on bass. After the recording session Lenner gave Buckingham a CD of the songs, which he had written with Zadorozny if Buckingham ever wanted to cover one of them.

Fast forward two decades and Zadorozny had listened to Buckingham’s ‘Swan Song’, realizing that his demo with Lenore had been snatched away by the veteran musician.

“He has years of integrity and sees no reason to steal songs from anyone, especially us,” Zadorozny said. “They took our song, made a demo of it themselves, put it up for a rainy day and, as it turned out, 16 or 17 years later found that demo and thought, ‘That’s a cool thing I did back’. 2000.'”

Buckingham’s management explained the accident in a statement rocker,

“Following the recent release of Lindsay’s self-titled album, it was brought to her attention that important elements of the song ‘Swan Song’ came from a song she had shared with her more than 20 years ago, when He was working in a Los Angeles studio, producing some music for Brad Lenner and Jordan Zadorozny.

“When this was used unintentionally and unintentionally for Lindsay, she quickly realized her mistake and a favorable resolution was made by all parties.”

In other news, Buckingham recently teamed up with Halsey for a performance of “Darling”.SNL’,

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