Texas Trademark Lawyer Tamera Bennett

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Alabama, Werewolves and "All Summer Long"

by Tamera H. BennettAugust 21, 2008

It's not everyday I get to blog about Kid Rock. So here goes.

Have you heard the latest single "All Summer Long?" If so, you may have heard a few other tunes that took you back a few years. The song incorporates heavily the piano and guitar licks from "Sweet Home Alabama" as well as from Warren Zevon's hit "Werewolves Of London."

Are you wondering how did they do that? Clearly without permission this would be copyright infringement. There is no question the melodies from those two songs are used in "All Summer Long."

Obviously Kid Rock's music publisher got permission to incorporate the two songs. The listings with BMI and ASCAP, the two performance rights organizations representing the various songwriters and publishers clearly list all of the songwriters. After cross referencing the original BMI filings for "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Werewolves of London" with the new filing for "All Summer Long," it is apparent that all the Skynyrd folks and Zevon's folks were involved in the process.

What we don't know is how the split of the song worked out. Did all eight songwriters take an even cut? The makes three writers from the original "Sweet Home Alabama," three writers from "Werewolves Of London," and two new writer's for "All Summer Long."