Def Leppard Not Suing One Direction for Plagiarism, Vivian Campbell Confirms

"It's very flattering that these kids think it's a cool sound," the guitarist adds.

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Following the recent plagiarism accusations regarding similarities between One Direction's fresh single "Midnight Memories" and classic Def Leppard tune "Pour Some Sugar on Me," Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell stepped up to confirm that the band will not be taking legal action against young pop stars. "The chords are one-four-five," Campbell explained during a Billboard chat. "Those are the blues. You don't get more basic than that. I think what's more reminiscent of the Leppard thing is the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it's assembled." Vivian further noted feeling flattered about the young pop act liking the Leppard vibe. "That is very flattering that all of a sudden these kids think it's a cool sound," he said. "I think a lot of people of their generation aren't going to connect their music to ours." While on the subject, Campbell addressed the Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" vs. Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" matter, calling such plagiarism accusations different from the ones previously discussed. "That's different," he explained. "In fact it's got the mayonnaise jar and people hooting in the background which Marvin Gaye had. I don't see that you can do that. The One Direction one is very similar in structure, but it's all good." As reported, One Direction were previously also accused of ripping off the Who classic "Baba O'Riley" in their "Best Song Ever" track.

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    cyclonus
    Absolute rubbish, they blatantly ripped off that chorus and should be held accountable for once again stealing another act's music and presenting it as their own work while making a load of money off it
    MaggaraMarine
    But Def Leppard took it as a compliment. They were completely OK with the rip off. So I don't see a point in suing them if the original artist is OK with it. Yes, it was a pretty clear rip off, but again if the original writers are OK with it, what's the big deal? And it was just a couple of seconds copied from the Def Leppard song. As Vivian Campbell said, it was more about the production that made it sound like Def Leppard. The whole song had a Def Leppard vibe to it. Yes, I think 1D should stop copying (or "referring to") other songs, but as I said, Def Leppard were OK with it, what's the big deal?
    RockGuitarist09
    They're blatantly ripping off rock legends. Can't wait until someone has the balls to sue.
    Elegitii
    Just wait until they rip off a GNR song...
    Irwin Navarro
    Wait till they steal one of Metallica's songs ) Ulrich wont let it slide
    Hamham272
    A7X just did it and Lars loved the result. Can't wait to see what happens when OD do it. No actually I can wait, a long, long time.
    travislausch
    It's not like "Pour Some Sugar On Me" was the most original song ever or anything to begin with. Vivian even says this.
    MaggaraMarine
    People just bitch about this because it's 1D - a band that is "too mainstream" and whose music they don't like. Led Zeppelin did the same with many of their songs (and no, I'm not comparing 1D to Led Zeppelin). Actually some of their songs were almost completely copied and they just changed some parts (Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused). In this case 1D took a five second part from another song and slightly changed it (the melody and lyrics were different). Yes, I don't think they should copy other bands but people are still overreacting. So much hate. As I said, nobody is mad at bands like Led Zeppelin and they were a lot worse at ripping off than 1D (and I like Led Zeppelin but it's a fact that they copied other songs). I'm not justifying what 1D did because LZ did it too. But I'm just saying that 1D isn't the only band that did it. And as I said, the part they ripped off was just five seconds from another song. I look at things objectively. I don't care if it's 1D, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin, whatever. Rip off is a rip off. And people are overreacting because it's a band that they already hate. If it was Def Leppard ripping off 1D's song or Led Zeppelin ripping off Def Leppard, I'm sure people's reaction would be pretty different.
    jmaraisdown
    So yea.... You guys are sad that they took a I-IV-V prog and "ripped" it off, even tho thats what musicians have been doing since the 50s, 40s, and beyond... Honestly I love rock n Im not dissing the simple chord approach but if you guys cant stand this then everything about SRV, Clapton, ACDC, The Beatles, Marley, The Who and countless others should be given the same treatment as y'all give One Direction. Thats my bit
    notaconotaco
    You know a band is in bad shape when they have to start ripping off bands that suck.
    MaggaraMarine
    Well, 1D doesn't write their own songs. It's the songwriters' fault, not the band's fault. And Def Leppard doesn't suck.
    Hamham272
    Isn't it kind of their fault that they don't write their own music and leave it up to songwriters? Oh wait I forgot they are talentless and can't write a song without Papa Cowell holding their hand.
    Kueller917
    Should members of bands that aren't the main songwriters be considered talentless too? Or actors that don't write and edit their own dialogue?
    KTbass
    a guitar player forgives a band for stealing a song that he didnt write. OK
    Kueller917
    People claim plagiarism. The actual band themselves don't claim it and let it go as just similarity. People still calling for lawsuit. ok UG
    JBimmer92
    If they aren't that worried about it, I don't see why you are. It's not your music.
    sirn1kolai
    people should look up copyright law. look at katy perry's "roar" and sara barielles's "brave", same chords, same instrumentation, same beat, DIFFERENT MELODY! the melody is what defines the song. you 12 notes in all of music. chords will sound the same, even some melody's will sound the same. even in the case of this song, if the songwriter wrote this song and it sounded like "pour some sugar on me" but the songwriter never heard a single second of def leppard (which is not out of the question) it's an independent creation without any outside influence from def leppard or the song in question obsolving him/her of an infringement lawsuit because "how can you infringe/rip off if you never heard the song". and going back to my prior example, the only reason why it's worth noting is exactly what vivian campbell said, the production!