The Hives get sued for plagiarism

Court case starts to go Tick Tick Boom

The Hives

Swedish rockers The Hives are set to be sued for alleged plagiarism by Los Angeles-based songwriter Jason Shapiro.

Shapiro claims his song Why You? - recorded by The Roofies in 1997 then again by Three Way in 2002 - was copied by The Hives on their 2007 single Tick Tick Boom,

Shapiro claims that Tick Tick Boom uses a vocal melody and riff from his song. He also consulted a musicologist before deciding to sue.

"He [the musicologist] said the part in question – the main riff and vocal melody - was very similar and its uniqueness led him to believe it wasn't just a coincidence," he told the LA Times. "He also runs it through a background test seeing if any charts from previous songs are close and we were clear on that front."

"I don't feel great about suing a band I love" Jason Shapiro

Shapiro added: "I absolutely love The Hives and don't feel great about suing a band I love. But I also feel credit is due where it is due if you borrow a riff."

Make your own mind up by listening:

Jason Shapiro And The Roofies - Why You?
The Hives - Tick Tick Boom

Of course, songs sounding the same is not a new phenomena.

But is the case of Tick Tick Boom ready to explode in court?