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Singer, guitarist and songwriter John Fogerty was cleared of plagiarism on the 7th of November 1988.

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In 1970, while in the band Creedence Clearwater Revival, John wrote the song Run Through The Jungle.

Fantasy Records was the record label of Creedence and it acquired the exclusive publishing rights to the track.

When Creedence disbanded, John had a solo career and in 1985 he released the single The Old Man Down The Road.

Fantasy sued John for songwriting infringement claiming that The Old Man Down The Road was essentially the music to Run Through The Jungle with new words.

It was a bizarre lawsuit as it was the first time someone had been sued for plagiarising themself.

The case went to jury and was dismissed in Fogarty's favour although appeals kept it alive until 1993.