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Copyright dispute forty years later

Sebina Auckburally at The Lawdit Reading Room, November 2006


For almost 40 years the single A Whiter Shade of Pale’ has always been credited to the lead singer of Beyond the Pale [sic], Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid.  However Mr Brooker was in court over the claim that Matthew Fisher (the organ player in band Beyond the Pale [sic]) alleges that the classical composer Bach had inspired him to write the track. The origin of the solo is the crucial element of the case.   

The royalties of the song have been frozen for six years, and Matthew Fisher is claiming a backlog in addition to future royalties.  If successful Mr Fisher could receive a sum of 1 million pounds.  The case continues …


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