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'Timber'

Harmonica Player Claims

'Timber' Ripped My Riff

6/26/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Pitbull and Kesha may have unknowingly dabbled in stolen goods when they recorded "Timber"  ... so says a songwriter who claims the song is a rip-off of one of his tunes.

Lee Oskar -- a self-proclaimed world-famous harmonicist -- says his 1978 song "San Francisco Bay" features a catchy harmonica riff ... the same riff you hear in "Timber" -- but in a faster tempo.

Oskar says it's no coincidence either.  He claims in court docs the harmonica player on "Timber" was instructed to mimic Oskar's performance on "SF Bay."


"Timber" went on to became a huge hit in the U.S. and Europe. Now Oskar's suing the record company for at least $3 mil.  He's not going after Pitbull or Kesha.

So we gotta ask ...

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annie    

gave it a good 3 listens... the song really sounds like it! It's as if you could put Kesha's voice over his 20 second intro and it would fit perfectly. Wasn't expecting that. Pay up!!!

55 days ago
32.

Kowny Krush    

Of course you know, this means War.

54 days ago
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Gunslinger012000    

Get used to hearing stories like this since it will become the norm until laws are passed stating you can't copyright a chord progression. If someone can sue because a harmonica or guitar sounds the same then what is stopping them in the case of drums sounding the same?? Are drums the only musical instrument that is excluded from this nonsense?

49 days ago
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Gunslinger012000    

Get used to hearing stories like this since it will become the norm until laws are passed stating you can't copyright a chord progression. If someone can sue because a harmonica or guitar sounds the same then what is stopping them in the case of drums sounding the same?? Are drums the only musical instrument that is excluded from this nonsense?

49 days ago
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