Daniel E. Grigson is suing Disney, claiming that a song featured on the soundtrack to Frozen II in 2019 is a rip-off of a song he wrote and released in 1999. Grigson claims that the song in question, “Some Things Never Change,” is a reworking of his song “That Girl.”
The similarities between Grigson’s look and that in Frozen II are “so hanging that they will only be defined by copying,” according to the lawsuit. According to Grigson, the two songs are so similar that when he and his then-11-year-old daughter watched Frozen II for the first time, they immediately recognized the rip-off. Grigson’s submission provides background information regarding the release of his music in 1999 as well as his extensive work writing music for and with children. A ton of those deliveries arrived via his mark Pelican Information, for certain additional drives having a YouTube and web-based entertainment presence. Here is the similarities of both songs below ( skip to 1:00)
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, a husband and wife songwriting team, wrote the song “Some Issues Never Change” from Disney’s Frozen II. The Lopezes, particularly Robert, have “publicly admitted” to listening to a lot of kids’ music for inspiration and watching a lot of YouTube videos, so there is a good chance that one or both of them has heard Grigson’s music. Grigson is seeking a correct declaration from the court that the Lopezes and Disney violated his copyright and that “Somethings Will Never Change” is a rip-off of his music. Additionally, he is looking for damages, the specifics of which have not yet been made public.