Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel, Disney sued for Let It Go

Published By Tribute on Nov 24, 2017

Still from FrozenChilean musician Jaime Ciero is seeking profits from the hit song "Let It Go" featured in the movie Frozen. He's suing not only Disney, but singers Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato as well.

Ciero claims that "Let It Go" sounds like his song "Volar," which he released in 2008. He says it reached a global audience and was “a huge international success.” Ciero is claiming that the two share similarities in “note combinations, structures, hook, melodies, lyrics, themes, production and textures.”

Ciero is seeking profits from both the song and the movie, and is suing three defendants: Disney, which produced Frozen, Idina Menzel who performs "Let It Go" for the film, and Demi Lovato who performed the single version. It is not clear whether or not he intends to sue the actual songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

While I found a slight similarity in the chorus, it seems unlikely that his lawsuit will go far considering he isn't trying to sue the songwriters, just the singers who performed the track.

Listen to both songs below and vote in our poll to tell us what you think! Are there enough similarities for a lawsuit? Or do they sound like completely different songs to you? ~Hayley Michaud

Comments & Discussion

  1. John Plum • 11/24/2017 2:16:31 PM

    The Bible says in the last days God will pour out His spirit on all flesh so just because two people pick up on the same tune which God maybe causing these people to pick up my his spirit should not cause them to sue each over it - just stupid - but then again some people do not believe in God!

  2. Joan Cook Carabin • 11/25/2017 11:45:04 AM

    How can the singers be responsible for plagiarism? They are merely doing their assignment from the writers. A misplaced lawsuit at best.

  3. Penguin • 11/25/2017 12:16:08 PM

    There should be a time limit put on such frivolities. Come on - 2008. The guy is just looking for some money and a bit of fame.

  4. Belinda garza • 11/25/2017 12:25:57 PM

    I think writers should be responsible , not Disney or the singers, unless Disney was aware of the existence of the Volar song, should share in the responsibility of doing right by Mr. Ciero.

  5. Josep • 11/25/2017 7:53:09 PM

    It’s basically the same song Misplaced lawsuit. He needs to sue the songwriters. They obviously have heard the song before😩

  6. Justin • 11/26/2017 5:41:04 PM

    Some chord progression are the same and also the first 4 bars in the melody of the chorus but not petgectly exact the redt of the chorus and pronunciation and syllables are different in the verses this definitly not a copied not metely one if those millions of composition that sound similar because of style and genre the tune is different excepting for as i said the intro lines let it Go My advice is LET IT GO

  7. Debbie • 8/16/2018 6:24:05 PM

    Unless it can be proven, I don't know how it works. When a song starts on the radio, I may think it sounds like one song, and then it is another. I have thought of titles of songs or stories or poems that I have made up, but some are already out there. But, I am sure that some people try to copy intently, other people's material.

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