Wednesday, September 7, 2011

George Harrison found guilty

George Harrison found guilty by U.S. courts for plagiarism of 'He's So Fine' on September 7, 1976.

George Harrison

George Harrison, (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English rock musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles.

Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience.

After years of being restricted in his song-writing contributions to the Beatles, All Things Must Pass contained such a large outpouring of Harrison's songs that it was released as a triple album, though only two of the discs contained songs—the third contained recordings of Harrison jamming with friends. The album is regarded as his best work; it was a critical and commercial success, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and produced the number-one hit single "My Sweet Lord" as well as the top-10 single "What Is Life". The album was co-produced by Phil Spector using his "Wall of Sound" approach, and the musicians included Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Gary Wright, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr.

George Harrison was later sued for copyright infringement over the song "My Sweet Lord" because of its similarity to the 1963 Chiffons song "He's So Fine", owned by Bright Tunes.

George Harrison denied deliberately plagiarizing the song, but he lost the resulting court case in 1976 as the judge deemed that Harrison had "subconsciously" plagiarised "He's So Fine". When considering liable earnings, "My Sweet Lord"'s contribution to the sales of All Things Must Pass and The Best of George Harrison were taken into account, and the judge decided a figure of $1,599,987 was owed to Bright Tunes. The dispute over damages became complicated when George Harrison's former manager Allen Klein purchased the copyright to "He's So Fine" from Bright Tunes in 1978. In 1981, a district judge decided that Klein had acted improperly, and it was agreed that George Harrison should pay Klein $587,000, the amount Klein had paid for "He's So Fine", so he would gain nothing from the deal, and that George Harrison would take over ownership of Bright Tunes, making him the owner of the rights to both "My Sweet Lord" and "He's So Fine" and thus ending the copyright infringement claim. Though the dispute dragged on into the 1990s, the district judge's decision was upheld

Retro History for September 7 The 50s 60s 70s 80s

Retro History For The Decade 1980

1988 5th MTV Awards
1988 Guy Lafleur, Tony Esposito and Brad Park inducted in NHL Hall of Fame
1988 New York Daily News reports boxer Mike Tyson is seeing a psychiatrist
1988 Security and Exchange Commission accuses Drexel of violating security laws
1987 Jerry Lewis' 22nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $39,021,723
1987 Netherlands routes 2 minesweepers to Persian Gulf
1987 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
1987 South Africa frees Dutch anthropologist/Anc'er Klaas de Young
1986 100th U.S. Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats Helena Sukova (63 62)
1986 106th U.S. Mens Tennis: Ivan Lendl beats Miloslav Mecir (64 62 60)
1986 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship
1986 Desmond Tutu becomes Anglican archbishop of Capetown
1986 Failed assassination attempt on Chilean dictator Pinochet, 5 killed
1986 Ivan Lendl defeats Miloslav Mecir for U.S. Tennis open title
1986 Cleveland Browns becomes 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31
1985 99th U.S. Womens Tennis: Hana Mandlikova beats M Navratilova (76 16 76)
1985 Mary Decker Tabb Slaney runs U.S. 3K female record 8:25.83
1984 Met Dwight Gooden's 11 strikeouts gives him NL rookie record 236
1983 Drury Gallagher sets fastest swim around Manhattan (6h41m35s)
1981 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts
1981 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000
1981 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
1981 Judge Wapner and People's Court premier on TV
1981 West Tampa Florida defeats Richmand Virgina, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
1980 100th U.S. Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (76 61 67 57 64)
1980 32nd Emmy Awards shown despite boycott
1980 32nd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner and Barbara Bel Geddes
1980 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Series of Women's Golf
1980 Cape Verde adopts its constitution
1980 Earnest Gray becomes 2nd New York Giant to score 4 TDs (vs St. Louis)
1980 Oakland A's pitch record 78th complete game of season
1980 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic
1980 John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg stage one of the greatest U.S. Open finals as 21 year old McEnroe fends off Borg to win his 2nd straight title

Retro History For The Decade 1970

1979 5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at MSG, New York
1978 1st game of Boston Massacre, Yankees beat Red Sox 15-3
1977 Ethiopia drops diplomatic relations with Somalia
1977 President Carter and General Herrera sign Panama Canal treaties
1976 George Harrison found guilty by U.S. courts for plagiarism of 'He's So Fine'
1975 95th U.S. Mens Tennis: Manuel Orantes beats Jimmy Connors (64 63 63)
1975 Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1975 Cincinnati Reds, win earliest NL division title
1975 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Hanif Mohammad
1975 Manuel Orantes upsets #1 seed Jimmy Connors to win U.S. Open
1974 "Irene" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 605 performances
1974 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
1973 Jackie Stewart becomes Formula 1 world champion
1973 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
1970 Jerry Lewis' 5th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
1970 PLO hijacks 4 planes
1970 White Sox use record 41 players in doubleheader and lose both games
1970 Donald Boyles sets record for highest parachute jump from a bridge, by leaping off of 1,053' Royal George Bridge in Colorado

Retro History For The Decade 1960

1969 83rd U.S. Womens Tennis: Margaret Smith Court beats Nancy Richey (62 62)
1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Molson's Canadian Golf Open
1969 Rod Laver completes his 2nd grand slam winning U.S. Tennis Open
1969 U.S. amateur Womens Tennis: Margaret Court beat Virginia Wade (46 63 60)
1966 KTNE TV channel 13 in Alliance, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1965 Hurricane Betsy, kills 74 in Florida, Miss and La
1964 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Valhalla Golf Open
1963 American Bandstand moves to California, and airs once a week on Saturday
1963 Pro Football Hall of Fame dedicated in Canton, Ohio
1960 Ljudmila Shevcova runs female olympic record 800m (2:04.3)

Retro History For The Decade 1950

1958 72nd U.S. Womens Tennis: Althea Gibson beats Darlene R Hard (36 61 62)
1958 78th U.S. Mens Tennis: A J Cooper beats M J Anderson (62 36 46 108 86)
1957 71st U.S. Womens Tennis: Althea Gibson beats A Louise Brough (63 62)
1957 WWL TV channel 4 in New Orleans, Louisiana (CBS) begins broadcasting
1956 Bell X-2 sets Unofficial manned aircraft altitude record 126,000'+
1955 Yankees Whitey Ford is 5th to throw consecutive 1-hitters, beats A's
1954 Integration begins in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland public schools
1953 67th U.S. Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (62 64)
1953 73rd U.S. Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Elias V Seixas, Jr. (63 62 63)
1953 Roy Campanella sets catcher record of 125 (en route to 142) RBIs
1953 Nikita Khrushchev becomes 1st Secretary of U.S.S.R. Communist Party
1952 66th U.S. Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (63 75)
1952 72nd U.S. Mens Tennis: Frank Sedgman beats Gardnar Mulloy (61 62 63)
1952 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Tournament
1952 General Naguib forms Egyptian government/becomes premier
1952 Outfielder Don Grate throws a baseball a record 434'1" (Tennessee)
1952 Whitey Ford becomes 5th pitcher to hurl consecutive 1 hitters
1952 New York Yankees Johnny Mize's pinch-hit grand slam gives Yankees a 5-1 win at Washington He has now home runs in all 15 major league parks
1950 Monasteries shut down in Hungary

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