Please tell me who wrote this song… or sue me

About ten years ago I heard an Indian sounding song being played over the radio at Time After Time (a second-hand clothing store). The melody has stuck with me and now I am to the point where I am being driven kind of crazy wanting to know who wrote the song. I feel the only recourse is to publish a song myself which best recreates the melody in hopes that the music publishers will contact me for violating their copyright. If they threaten to sue me, I’ll gladly fork over all profits I make from this piece. Listen to PleaseSueMe.

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  1. Kindofcool– PleaseSueMe is in the same key as the opening of “California One” (over at, and if you play PSM and then begin California One during the last 15 seconds, it sounds pretty cool. They “bleeeeeeed.” Of course, you can’t listen to California One, because your computer hates the Decemberists.

  2. I believe this ancient Iroquois spiritual is called, “It going be Big Fun at Casino Tonight.”

  3. It has come to our attention that you have made an unauthorized use of our copyrighted work entitled
    “Return to Innocence” by Enigma
    (the “Work”) in the preparation of a work derived therefrom. We have reserved all rights in the Work, first published in 1994, and have registered copyright therein. Your work entitled “PleaseSueMe” is essentially identical to the Work and clearly used the Work as its basis. For instance, the whole quasi-Indian pseudo-chanting thing.

    As you neither asked for nor received permission to use the Work as the basis for PleaseSueMe nor to make or distribute copies, including electronic copies, of same, we hold that you have willfully infringed our rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and are liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein.

    We demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the Work, and all copies, including electronic copies, of same, that you deliver to us, if applicable, all unused, undistributed copies of same, or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. If we have not received an affirmative response from you by July 4, 2038 indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, we shall take further action against you.

    Very truly yours,
    Enigma and Virgin Records

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