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Nickelback SUED For Allegedly Ripping Off Econoline Crush Song!

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Uh-oh! Tisk, tisk, Nickelback!

The band is currently battling a copyright infringement lawsuit over their song, Figured You Out, because Vancouver band Econoline Crush seems to think that they ripped off THEIR song, All That You Are!

According to the legal documents, Nickelback "maliciously and willfully and with a conscious disregard" for the Crush song, and are seeking "all damages permitted by Federal copyright law," including actual damages, along with statutory and punitive damages!

Listen to both the songs (above)!

What do U think?? Does Econoline Crush have a case against them??

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59 comments to “Nickelback SUED For Allegedly Ripping Off Econoline Crush Song!”

  1. 1


  2. 2

    every Nickelback song sounds the same to me

  3. 3

    I don't think they have a case. The songs are defiantly different

  4. 4

    Nice, you give tsk tsk to nickelback but ladyboy gagme does it and its ok. get off her peen for once.

  5. 5

    I don't hear it

  6. 6

    How are these remotely alike?
    Sounds like sour grapes–but not a rip off.

  7. 7

    i have no idea who econoline crush is, but i hope they win this lawsuit just because nickleback is terrible and i want them to go away forever.

  8. 8

    What is an 'Econoline Crush' and why does anyone care about what song Nickelback is singing? Oh, wait. I forgot all of American Idol-obsessed America.

  9. 9

    Lawsuit marketing - a great way to snag new fans.

  10. 10

    Well they're both really boring…

  11. 11

    some of the lyrics are similiar.. but the both bands have a similiar sound anyway.. with good lawyers ecoline should have a case.. kinda hope they win!

  12. 12

    They both suck, so whatever. Econoline Crush had very modest success in Canada 10+ yrs ago and that Nickelback song has been out for years. It was (unfortunately) played on the radio A LOT in Canada, so it seems weird that E.C. is suing all these years later. I guess they thought it would get them some publicity or money.

  13. 13

    nickelback sucks

  14. 14

    I don't think these two sounds alike at all!

  15. 15

    This was just a ploy to get people to actually listen to a Nickelback song, wasn't it? The pickle has more fans than Nickelback!

  16. 16

    NO CASE! sounds totally different!

  17. 17

    While we're on the subject of rip-offs . . . somebody should sue Gaga for plagiarizing "EXPRESS YOURSELF" and for stealing Madonna's identity.

  18. 18

    Yeah no case but Madonna definitely had a case against Lady Gaga…funny how you never mentioned the similarities there.

  19. 19

    ahahah they def have a case and its too bad for 5centback because the ORIGINAL is way better.

  20. Mtl23 says – reply to this


    I don't hear a difference at all?? What are they suing about???

  21. 21

    No case. There are no close similarities! Though this situation reminds me of how VERY similar Lady Gaga's song is to Madonna's …

  22. 22

    they have no case at all, and the nickelback song is wayyy better

  23. 23

    Wow, these two songs doesn't even remotely sound alike. The Econoline Crush one is a lot better though. I actually forgot about them completely since they had very little success in Canada but yeah, their song is a lot better.

    Let's leave it at that though: no ripoff, one song is just better than the other.

  24. 24

    You idiots saying there are absolutely no similarities obviously didn't make it to the chorus. They sound exactly alike.

  25. 25

    Hahaha…so some shit band is actually going to court to get credit for this song by another shit band? Looks like everyone comes up a loser in this situation.

  26. 26

    I don't think they have a case. I'm not much of a nickelback fan..but I do know that song. The chorus sounds similar.. but definitely not close enough. I listened to the Econoline song first and I had no idea what nickelback song they were comparing it to..so it can't be that alike.

  27. 7tizz says – reply to this


    The Econoline Crush song was a minor hit in Canada (I think it was their only one - at least that I remember) and the same goes for Nickleback for said song who charted a little higher due to a stronger catalogue and fanbase. They both use a tag 'you are' in their songs, but that's where the similatites end. The chorus, verses, and bridges sound nothing alike. I would guess that EC is just trying to milk the more successful NB for a piece of their pie. Pretty sleezy in my opinion. A few bars match up as well, but not enough to make a case to anyone with a brain. If you take any song in history, there's bound to be more than a few bars that match - it's just because of the quantity of music that is out there - but I hardly think it was intentionally ripping someone else off .

  28. 7tizz says – reply to this


    Oh, and EC is working on a new album - this is probably to drum up some publicity since they will get little to no airplay on TV or radio…not even in Canada. Anyone with ears can tell these songs sound nothing alike.

  29. 7tizz says – reply to this


    Oh, and EC is working on a new album - this is probably to drum up some publicity since they will get little to no airplay on TV or radio…not even in Canada. Anyone with ears can tell these songs sound nothing alike. Holy shit - NOW I REMEMBER THE EC SONG!!! I just watched the video on youtube and I used to hang out with one of the guy's in the video (he's the bald guy with the tatoo on his head wearing red) - forget his name though and I don't think he's in the band. Man, talk about a small world - he lived in a small town called Fort Erie too - not like he was from Toronto or Vancouver or something large. And strangely enough, I was just thinking about this guy and the video he was in but gave up because I thought I'd never place this song again. I wonder if that's a premonition or something?

  30. 30

    no case at all

  31. 31

    So, obviously I'm missing something here. Listened to both songs, in their entirety, and I don't hear any similarities, whatsoever.

  32. @v@ says – reply to this


    I say no. Nice try, but no brass ring on this one, anyway.

  33. 33

    I LOVE Econoline Crush…they never made it really big but I used to follow them around to all their small local concerts. I really hope they do come out with a new album. Their music is awesome. I like Nickelback only because they are Canadian. Other than that all of their songs sound exactly the same….If Econoline had of made it and were against Nickleback I think EC would have kicked their ass!

  34. FS says – reply to this


    Econoline Crush is an awesome Canadian band. Look up the song Sparkle and Shine. That's my favorite. All That You Are is ok but they have other songs that are so much better.

  35. 35

    They are completely different songs to me, and I hear no similarities either.

    And LOL @ "wankers". What a great word.

  36. 36

    Hmm I can hear the background music sounds kinda similar towards the beginning. However, I dont think they have a case. I think that anyone can find a connect between any two songs…

  37. 37

    Wow usually Nickleback rips off themselves every time they make a new song.

  38. 38

    I am sure this has nothing to do with singer trevor hurst losing all his money and moving to edmonton , alberta.

  39. 39

    I don't think they have a case. The two songs are different. AND i like Nickleback. They put on a good concert.

  40. 40

    doesnt the econoline crush song sound like a oasis song? i am pretty sure oasis has a song that came out a while back.

  41. 41

    Figures it's the only song I like by them.

  42. 42

    it is the EXACT same song! and nickleback SUCKS.

  43. 43

    If they get sued for this then Lady Gaga has too get sued too !

  44. 44

    Oh sure, many many years after this song comes out then lets decide to make a big deal and claim copy right laws have been invaded, yes, i'll say it, i'm a Nickelback fan, i'm not ashamed of it, but to me, this sounds suspicious and that the other band is just sore losers that they are no longer famous. And perez? Can you at least TRY to remain impartial? You condemn a nickeback or any other type of rip off but your Lady Gaga's new song sounds alot like Madonna's Express yourself and you say not a word. HAH!

  45. 45

    THE sounds are different and the lyrics are NO where close to the same- NO case what so ever!

  46. 46

    That does NOT sound like the same song.

  47. 47

    They don't sound alike at all lol

  48. 48

    econoline crush is really reachin on this one.

  49. 49

    ridiculous. they sound nothing alike.
    nickelback has a distinct sound & the band's known for all of their songs to sound similar to each other, if not exactly the same.
    Never heard of the other band, but i hope they lose the case cause they don't have one.

  50. 50

    Re: Sexsai – Nickelback should sue themselves for plagiarizing themselves :P They really do always sound the same.

    And to everyone giving Lady Gaga crap, Madonna happens to be a fan of Lady Gaga, so I highly doubt she'll be suing her.

  51. 51

    altho i hate nickelback, econoline crush had 1 song they remixed 10 times and i'm not surprised theyre trying to make money off of the same dead schtick.

  52. 52

    They sound nothing alike to me…

  53. 53

    Well I don't know where they got this… "Boo Hoo! Nickelback copied us"… They are clearly different songs.

  54. 54

    Re: danger danger – Really?? Mmm I would get your ears checked if I were you.

  55. 55

    is it considered copying if u just copy a bit off everyone like someone skinny and blond we know?

  56. 56

    Well i've listened to both of them, the lyrics are different but the chorus follows the same voice pitch and at 2.07 on each song, there's a bit where there is no singing and its just instruments playing, the singing starts again at 2.31 on each song which is a big coincidence. So these will be things that the band will bring up, i think its possible they have a case but they'd have to prove Nickleback knowingly took their song.

  57. 57

    both songs suck so bad that its too hard to actually listen to them for more than a second to see if they are the same or not
    either way nickelback is so well they never were


  58. 58

    There are some similarities but nothing big.

  59. 59

    I'm afraid "lawsuit marketing" happens more than anyone in the music industry would care to admit. Is it coincidence that EC currently has an album in the pre-order stages? I think not.

    For more on the dirty business of pop music rip-offs: