Lindsey Buckingham Gives Songwriters Money and Credit After Ripping Off Their Song

The former Fleetwood Mac member has reached 'a friendly resolution' with songwriters over the plagiarism issues of a new song in his latest solo studio album.

AceShowbiz - Former Fleetwood Mac star Lindsey Buckingham has given two songwriters a retrospective credit on a song on his latest album.

The singer accepts he accidentally plagiarised Jordon Zadorozny and Brad Laner's "Mind's Eye".

Blinker the Star's Zadorozny noticed Buckingham's song, which appears on his new self-titled album, sounded similar to the track he and Laner wrote over two decades ago.

Zadorozny told Spin he met Buckingham in 2000 when he signed to DreamWorks and was asked who he'd like to produce his next album - he picked the "Holiday Rock" singer.

"It's something I used to think about as a high school kid going to bed at night," he said. "It was pure fantasy: 'Out of all my heroes, who could I work with?' And then it was, 'Wow, this is actually happening.' "

Buckingham agreed to produce two songs for Zadorozny and they went into the studio with Medicine's Laner. After the recording sessions, Laner gave Buckingham a demo of songs he'd written with Zadorozny and asked Buckingham to consider covering them.

Fast forward two decades and Zadorozny had heard Buckingham's "Swan Song", realising that his demo with Laner had been snapped up by the veteran musician.

"He's got years of integrity and no reason to be stealing songs from anyone, especially us," Zadorozny said. "He'd taken our song, made a demo himself of it, put it away for a rainy day and, as it turns out, 16 or 17 years later found that demo and thought, 'This is a cool thing I did back in 2000.' "

Buckingham's manager explained the mishap in a statement, which read, "Following the recent release of Lindsey's self titled album, it was brought to his attention that significant elements of the song, Swan Song, had come from a song that had been shared with him more than 20 years ago, while he was working in a Los Angeles studio, producing some music for Brad Laner and Jordon Zadorozny."

"When this unintentional and inadvertent usage was raised to Lindsey, he quickly realised his mistake and a friendly resolution was made by all parties."

Buckingham has given the pair a monetary sum, retroactive co-writing credits, and a portion of publishing for "Swan Song".

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