Lady Gaga’s lawyer is dismissing a songwriter’s claim that the song “Shallow” was stolen.
In a statement provided to TODAY and Entertainment Tonight, lawyer Orin Snyder called the claims from musician Steve Ronsen and his attorney Mark D. Shirian “shameful and wrong.” He also accused them of trying to “make easy money off the back of a successful artist.”
“I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of opportunistic claims such as this,” his statement continued. “Should Mr. Shirian proceed with the case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.”
In 2018, Gaga won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and two Grammy Awards for the song, which appears in the film “A Star Is Born.”
In a statement to the news outlets, Ronsen claims the song samples his 2012 track “Almost.”
“It was brought to my attention by many people that the ‘Shallow’ song sounds like mine. I did not seek this out, I haven’t even seen the movie (I heard it’s pretty good),” Ronsen’s statement reads. “I admire Lady Gaga and I just want to get to the bottom of this… I have secured a musicologist who also agrees that the songs are similar. I am simply going about this how anyone else would investigate any possible infringement.”
Snyder also refutes the claims of Ronsen’s musicologist.
“We provided Mr. Shirian a lengthy letter with the findings of multiple leading musicologists, each of whom found no actionable similarities between the two songs. Even Shirian’s own musicologist acknowledged the generic three note progression is present in many other songs predating his client’s song,” Snyder’s statement continued.
USA TODAY has reached out to Snyder for comment.
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