Rolf Loveland acquitted of plagiarism charges – VG

Rolf Loveland acquitted of plagiarism charges - VG
Songwriter: Rolf Loveland, here during an interview with VG in 2017.

The US Supreme Court rejects the “You Raise Me Up” case, which is a plagiarism of the Icelandic song “Söknuður”.


VG was notified by their manager, Gunnar Reed, at Skyscraper Artist.

Also the site Bloomberg discusses the ruling.

The song’s author, Johan Helgason, 63, and its publisher Johannsongs-Publishing Ltd, have filed a lawsuit against Løvland for plagiarism. in november 2018. But the accusations were for the first time Presented in 2007.

The review was processed by three courts in the United States. In any event, the case was dismissed. The US Supreme Court decided on Monday this week the final rejection. It was also confirmed on the websites of Supreme court.

– Demands

Rolf Loveland (67) stated through his manager that the case was very stressful.

– It took almost four years to get over this. Both on a personal and professional level, this issue has been difficult for me, he says.

– It is clear that a song that represents great values ​​of copyright is particularly vulnerable to false accusations. I am pleased that this has been clarified at the highest level, both musically and legally, and that I can now continue to work without being overwhelmed by this stressful issue, he continues.

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Secret Garden first sang “You Raise Me Up” in 2001. It has since become a hit single by Josh Groban, but boy band Westlife has made their version as well.

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VG Books in 2017 That song has been translated into 50 languages, has been recorded by nearly 1,500 artists – and has racked up at least 100 million kroner.

The song “Söknudur” is, in turn, an Icelandic classic that was released several times – for the first time in 1977 on an album with Vilhjàlmur Vilhjàlmsson, who also wrote the lyrics to Helgason’s tune.

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