Katy Perry to Receive Warning for "California Gurls"

Aug 6, 2010 - Legalzoom News Sources
Katy Perry to Receive Warning for "California Gurls"

Rondor Music International, the publishing company that controls the copyright to the Beach Boys' hit song from 1966 "California Girls," has sent a warning to Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg for their recent hit single "California Gurls," the Los Angeles Times reports.

The publishing company, which was widely rumored to be suing Perry according to the newspaper, instead decided to simply warn the artists and argue that Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the founding members of the Beach Boys, should receive co-writing credits because Snoop Dogg closes the song with the lyric "I wish they all could be California girls" from the original.

In an statement, Rondor said that "[u]sing the words or melody in a new song taken from an original work is not appropriate under any circumstances, particularly from one as well known and iconic as "California Girls."

For their part, Wilson and Love have praised the new song and the Times reports that publishers can have different intentions than the musicians as they try to protect the rights of musicians and other artists.