In subsequent weeks to come, Lady Gaga maybe faced with a possible copyright lawsuit for her ‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack ‘Shallow’. Written by Gaga alongside Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson, Page Six reports that the team are being sued by Steve Ronsen, the artist behind the 2012 song ‘Almost’.
The reports indicate that, the ‘Shallow’ writers have used a three-note progression sequence from ‘Almost’ without credit to Steve. Claiming for millions of money as compensation over the copyright, Ronsen disclosed to ET Online that he had not watch the movie, which owns the soundtrack nor heard the song before and was only notified by people on the similarities between his ‘Almost’ track and ‘Shallow’.
He said,”It was brought to my attention by many people that the ‘Shallow’ song sounds like mine. I did not seek this out, I haven’t even seen the movie (I heard it’s pretty good). I admire Lady Gaga and I just want to get to the bottom of this. There are other writers that wrote the ‘Shallow’ song, including Mark Ronson. I have secured a musicologist who also agrees that the songs are similar. I am simply going about this how anyone else would investigate any possible infringement. ”
In the heat of the threat notice against Gaga and her co-writers, lawyers representing the pop-star have issued a statement denouncing any truth to the copyright allegation and guaranteed a fight back if the case is taken further, “Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong. I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of opportunistic claims such as this. Should Mr.Shirian proceed with the case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.”
Few days after the allegation sparked up, ‘Almost’ which had 300 plays on SoundCloud has amassed a total of 260,000 plays on the distribution platform.
Gaga together with the other three male writers won an Academy Award for ‘Shallow’ after an emotional performance on stage with Bradley Cooper on the night.