German sports car manufacturer Porsche has been named in a copyright complaint alleging one of their commercials rips off a song by American rock act X Ambassadors.
The complaint, filed in late November by Songs Music Publishing LLC, says the ad campaign for the 718 Cayman sounds a lot like the band's 2014 breakout "Jungle." The infringement suit alleges that — with the help of the ad agency Cramer-Krasselt Company — Porsche "created an advertising campaign that copies several quantitatively and qualitatively important portions of ‘Jungle.’" It calls the replication "obvious to any ordinary observer."
Why don't you, ordinary observer, have a listen for yourself?
Songs' suit alleges the defendants “copied the original drum rhythms from ‘Jungle’ in Porsche’s 718 Advertisement,” as well as the organ stabs, and background vocals, which together, “negates any suggestion of independent creation, and shows that Defendants intentionally copied ‘Jungle.’”
It's not that "Jungle" is unlicensable or priced prohibitively; it was used for a Beats By Dre ad and Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black Season 2 trailer. Maybe Porsche could sell off a few more of those Caymans and just purchase the real mccoy.
Then again, maybe it's Songs and X Ambassadors who've been caught speeding, following the Marvin Gaye estate just a little too closely.