Don’t you hate it when the big guys screw with us little folks?
In January, I filed a lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani for stealing the chorus of my song “Who’s Got My Lighter.” (To see The Hollywood Reporter’s article on the dispute, go to http://bit.ly/2jGpsJf.)
I wrote and recorded the song in 1996, and then rerecorded it in 2009. (To hear it, https://youtu.be/JZHV2j5QVk.) Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani’s version, “Spark the Fire,” appeared in 2014. It was a top 40 hit featured on multiple TV shows and commercials.
Gwen and I had met in **97 and 98** when she came in to my salon in Huntington Beach to have me color her hair. I played the song for her, she said she liked it, and I gave her a CD.
When I heard the Pharrell/Stefani song, I called Gwen’s manager to try to work it out like big kids. I approached her because Pharrell has had enough problems with copyright issues. But, you guessed it, no luck. That’s how I got here. For a donation of $40 includes shipping or more, you get this one-of-a-kind “I Helped Sue Pharrell & Gwen” T-shirt. The money will be used toward lawyer’s costs and other legal fees. Lawyers in this area of expertise don’t work on contingency. Thank you for your help. Richard Morrill
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