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Remember When Garth Brooks Was Accused of Plagiarism?

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In 1998, a singer-songwriter named Guy Thomas settled with Garth Brooks and his record label before a trial began to decide if Brooks plagiarized Kenny Loggins’ 1993 song ‘Conviction of the Heart,’ co-written by Thomas. The plaintiff argued that Brooks’ 1993 song ‘Standing Outside the Fire’ borrowed liberally from the Loggins tune.

It was surely a bizarre courtroom scene when Brooks showed up to court with his guitar, prepared to sing the song for the U.S. District Court judge. Opening arguments were set to begin before the two sides hashed out the details. The singer says he didn’t learn a thing from the experience, except “just keep on doing what I’m doing and if that throws you in here (court), well, you’ve just got to stand up for what you believe.” Credit Reuters for the accurate court reporting.

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