Sam Smith, Tom Petty Reach Agreement in Copyright Battle

The English singer will pay Petty royalties after reaching settlement over the song "Stay With Me."
2:42 | 01/28/15

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? I don't want you to leave ? We are waiting for the music. Now to pop star Sam smith, love him, making the startling admission that there are similars between his song that you just are hearing, "Stay with me" and Tom petty's "I won't back down." When you think about it, T.J. Holmes is in the social square with all of that. Good morning, robin. Imitation, sincerest form of flattery, no, if you imitate me you'll have to pay me. Not only is he having to give up a songwriting credit but giving petty cash agreeing to royalties that the song is undeniably familiar. ? Won't you Tay with me ? ? 'cause you're all I need ? Okay, you might not hear the similarity at first. ? I won't back down no I won't back down ? But now take a listen to this. A youtube mash-up of Sam smith's "Stay with me" and Tom petty's "I won't back down." ? Won't you stay with me ? ? back down no I won't back down ? Pitch smith up and petty down and lay them over each other and voila. ? Stay with me ? Reporter: Yep you hear it now, don't you. Tom petty's camp sure heard it. Smith admitting his hit does sound an awful lot like petty and adding Tom petty and Jeff Lind to the credits saying "Although the likeness was admitted all involved came to an applicable end." A latest end to the copyright controversy. Remember when the material girl expressed herself dissing lady gaga sort of sound-alike track -- ? I'm on the right track baby ? It feels reductive. ? Blurred lines ? Reporter: And robin Thicke accused of blurring the lines of originality with his song -- ? Reporter: And Marvin Gaye's got to give it up. ? Now, "Stay with me" is nominated for a few grammys. If it does win, guys, we're not saying petty will get a grammy. We don't know how much in royalties he could get but we're talking this song sold 5 million records. I like them together. I think they could do a duet. If he wins he should bring Tom petty up on stage. That would be nice. You should -- Not fight it. You know what, I didn't mean to do it but it's a compliment, right? Sincerest form of flattery.

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