Johnny Depp accused of stealing lyrics from the poem of an incarcerated man circa the ’70s - The A.V. club

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In today's "yep, this guy sucks" information, Rolling Stone suggests that Johnny Depp and his collaborator Jeff Beck may have stolen the lyrics to their song "sad Motherfuckin' Parade" from Slim Wilson, an incarcerated man whose toasts had been immortalized in the 1974 ebook Get Your Ass in the Water And Swim Like Me with the aid of folklorist Bruce Jackson.

"The only two strains I could find within the complete piece that [Depp and Beck] contributed are 'huge time motherfucker' and 'Bust it down to my degree,'" Jackson claims to the outlet. "every thing else is from Slim's performance in my publication. I've on no account encountered anything else like this. I've been publishing stuff for 50 years, and here's the first time any one has simply ripped anything off and put his personal identify on it."

Depp and Beck are the simplest writers credited on the tune, and there has curiously been no acknowledgement from the duo of the common toast (titled "Hobo Ben," which Slim himself can also be heard acting on the 1976 Get Your Ass in the Water…album). Jackson's son Michael Lee Jackson, who happens to be a lawyer concentrated on tune and intellectual property rights, tells the outlet the credit "do not replicate the actual authorship of these lyrics," including, "It's simply now not plausible, personally, that Johnny Depp or anybody else may have sat down and crafted these lyrics without just about fully taking them from some edition of my father's recording and/or publication where they regarded."

Rolling Stone shares some charming context in regards to the oral tradition of toasts and how it pertains to copyright legislation, all of which just about boils all the way down to the proven fact that "the problem here could be more ethical than legal." Jackson may additionally have a case because the writer of the ebook by which "Hobo Ben" turned into published, nonetheless it's a murky subject given that he didn't originate the words.

The folklorist himself has reportedly given lots of the cash in on his work returned to his incarcerated subjects, or to an inmate have faith fund. "I don't understand if this list is selling. I've considered some studies that I'd be very embarrassed to have gotten had they been my album," he says in a really deserved snipe. "but if it's selling, Johnny Depp is making some huge cash on it. may still it go to him, or should still it go to some location that helps the individuals who produced this tradition?"

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