Alabama, Werewolves and “All Summer Long”

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by Tamera H. Bennett
August 21, 2008

It’s not everyday I get to blog about Kid Rock. So here goes.

Have you heard the latest single “All Summer Long?” If so, you may have heard a few other tunes that took you back a few years. The song incorporates heavily the piano and guitar licks from “Sweet Home Alabama” as well as from Warren Zevon’s hit “Werewolves Of London.”

Are you wondering how did they do that? Clearly without permission this would be copyright infringement. There is no question the melodies from those two songs are used in “All Summer Long.”

Obviously Kid Rock’s music publisher got permission to incorporate the two songs. The listings with BMI and ASCAP, the two performance rights organizations representing the various songwriters and publishers clearly list all of the songwriters. After cross referencing the original BMI filings for “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Werewolves of London” with the new filing for “All Summer Long,” it is apparent that all the Skynyrd folks and Zevon’s folks were involved in the process.

What we don’t know is how the split of the song worked out. Did all eight songwriters take an even cut? The makes three writers from the original “Sweet Home Alabama,” three writers from “Werewolves Of London,” and two new writer’s for “All Summer Long.”

About ipandentertainmentlaw

Tamera Bennett, nicknamed by her clients as the IP quarterback, develops strategies to protect and leverage each client's intellectual property. She works closely with her clients to implement customized brand management programs. Her clients range from rock star to leadership coach and financial guru to custom motorcycle designer. Prepared with an undergraduate degree in Recording Industry Studies and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Tamera represents clients throughout Texas and Tennessee in entertainment, trademark and copyright law related matters View all posts by ipandentertainmentlaw

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