In their latest music project, actor Johnny Depp and British guitar legend Jeff Beck are accused of stealing a poem delivered by inmates decades ago.
They released an album titled “18” last month, weeks after winning a shocking defamation trial against actress Amber Heard, 59, and former Yardbirds Axeman, 78.
According to Rolling Stone, Depp uses a dialogue from a 1964 killer and robber named Slim Wilson on one of the album’s tracks.
Slim Wilson, real name Willy Davis, is a rail hopper and cheater at the table, reciting numerous dirty poems.
“Women so beautiful in culture and beauty, will any of you give me wine? I read ragged What that funky mom really needs is a face wash. Hattie, with her heavy ass, looked at Nadine and smiled.
Depp’s use of lyrics may not put the actor at risk.
Given that poetry is part of an oral tradition and has no clear author, Depp’s use of lyrics may not put him at risk.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jackson told Rolling Stone, “the only two lines I could find in the whole piece. [Depp and Beck] Contributions are ‘Big time motherf–r’ and ‘down to my level’.”
“The performance of Slim in my book comes from the rest. He has never experienced anything like this before. This is the first time in 50 years of publication that someone has simply plagiarized something and named it himself.
According to the agency, the late singer’s son, Michael Lee Jackson, is a lawyer specializing in music and intellectual property.
“It doesn’t reflect the true author of the lyrics,” Michael said. The author said, “I don’t think Johnny Depp or anyone else could have sat down and made lyrics from some version of his father’s album and/or book almost completely without taking it off.”
Reportedly, Michael is considering suing the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor and ‘Going Down’ guitarist.
Bruce Jackson recorded the poem while Wilson was imprisoned in Missouri State Penitentiary.
According to the report, Jackson, a James Age professor at the University of Buffalo and a SUNY chair professor, argued that the illegal use of household chores is more of an ethical problem than a legal one.
“I have no idea how well this album sold. I’ve read many reviews that would have been really embarrassing if I had written about my album. However, if successful, Johnny Depp will benefit greatly. Should I go to him or go to a place that supports the individual who created this culture?