|Posted by Eurovision On Top on February 8, 2019 at 5:50 AM|
Authors of Toy, song interpreted by Netta Barzilai, recognize similarities with Seven Nation Army, classic of White Stripes. If the accusation of plagiarism were to go to court, Israel risked losing its right to hold the festival in Tel Aviv. Both parties now agree, and White will receive some of the revenue generated by the song.
In June 2018, El País recalls, Universal Music contacted Doron Medalie and Stav Beger, composers of the winning song, and informed them that they might incur an infringement of Jack White's intellectual property rights. The songwriters of Toy, the song with which Israel won Eurovision in 2018 in Lisbon, reached a legal agreement with the American musician Jack White of the White Stripes, so is name will also appear in the credits of the song.
The accusation of plagiarism is about similarities between the winning music of Eurovision and Seven Nation Army, success of the White Stripes of 2003. The rules of the European Broadcasting Union, organizer of the competition, require that the themes presented in the competition are original. If the accusations of plagiarism were confirmed, Barzilai would have been disqualified and, consequently, Israel would lose the right to hold the festival on its territory.
Recall that every year severall participating songs are accused of plagiarism without any official conclusions, specially because it never happened with a winning song. That's why this case gets more evidence.