Wiz Khalifa’s accuser may have a tough time

The most famous cases of copyright infringement in pop music have revolved around a distinct melody line.

In the most high profile case, a judge in 1976 deemed that George Harrison “subconsciously” lifted the melody of the Chiffons’ 1963 “He’s So Fine” for his 1970 hit “My Sweet Lord.” More recently, in 2009, British rock band Coldplay settled out of court over a melody in “Viva la Vida” that Joe Satriani claimed was similar to his own “If I Could Fly.”

In the case of Max Gregory Warren, a rap artist from Sharon, Mercer County, filing a suit against Pittsburgh-bred Wiz Khalifa, his label and songwriting partners, Mr. Warren is clearly playing the color card.

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