By Alana Roche’ |Staff Writer|
With so many songs being used in movies they all eventually start to sound the same right?
“To Our Fallen” and “Solomon” sound a little too similar. Hollywood is known for many speculations about intellectual property being stolen but Friedman takes it to the next level.
Friedman claims his 2004 song “To our Fallen”, which appeared on “Desperate Housewives”, was enhanced by Zimmer in the studio. Friedman’s lawsuit claims to have “compelling evidence of access” but doesn’t go into any detail of how they are similar, said TMZ.
Zimmer did have access to Friedman’s original song and made “Solomon” in the same studio as Friedman, said TMZ.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Friedman is requesting “monetary damages and an injunction”, which would mean that the film would be pulled because of the music.
According to TMZ, Friedman isn’t just suing Zimmer but is also suing Fox, Sony, and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment is associated with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox.
TMZ was first to break the news and has audio of both songs so that listeners can form an opinion for themselves. They created an online poll so that people could decide for themselves if this lawsuit was a “rip off” or not. The results were that 56 percent (of 7,654 votes) agreed it wasn’t.
After listening to the song, CSUSB student Jessica Arreola, agrees that “they do sound extremely similar.”
Arreola added, “I don’t know how they would be able to do it at this point, but Zimmer should definitely get some credit.”
Another CSUSB student, Emmanuel Valadez, who makes music himself, understands Friedman wanting credit for his music but believes that Friedman “isn’t going to win the lawsuit because it seems hard to prove.”
It is really difficult to attempt to sue over intellectual thoughts because everything in Hollywood, especially music has to come from some sort of inspiration.
Friedman’s claim is that his song wasn’t even credited as an inspiration but Zimmer simply stole the song and just reinvented it to take credit for it.
Both songs are just orchestras as Valadez pointed out “it isn’t as simple as stolen lyrics”, which is much easier to sue over.
TMZ reached out to Zimmer and got no comment.
Friedman is suing Zimmer along with Sony, Fox, and Plan B Entertainment in order to get a form of compensation for allegedly enhancing Friedmans’ song “To our Fallen” to create “12 Years a Slave” signature, award winning song “Soloman”.
Listen to both songs on TMZ.com or below.