The Guardian had a weekend feature about some of the weirdest lawsuits in the history of rock which included the infamous John Fogerty v. Saul Zaentz case from the 90s.
Back in the 60s, Fogerty was the prinicple member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the main songwriter of all their hits. But like many songwriters of that era, Fogerty lost control of the ownership of his music. He ceded controlling interest to Saul Zaentz, the owner of Fantasy Records, CCR’s old label, just to get out from under a punishing contract.
Fogerty battled with Zaentz to regain his work for years. The most surreal moment came when Zaentz argued that Fogerty’s 1985 solo track “The Old Man Down the Road” was merely CCR’s “Run Through the Jungle” with new words. Zaentz sued Forgerty for plagiarizing himself. This was the one and only time such a case has been brought before the courts.
And it went all the up to the US Supreme Court. The case was argued in December 1993 with the verdict handed down on March 1, 1994 (Fogerty v. Fantasy, Inc, 517 US 1994).
Fogerty won the case (well, mostly), but the battle for control of this music went on for years afterwards.