It looks like the Pharrell and Robin Thicke vs. Marvin Gaye 'Blurred Lines' copyright case could take a hint from Sam Smith and Tom Petty. Unless you've been living under a rock for the better part of the last year and a half, you've probably heard at least a snippet of Smith's massive hit single 'Stay With Me'. Almost as soon as it came out, people began noticing that it sounded oddly similar to Petty's single 'I Won't Back Down' which came out in 1989.

Rather than dragging the whole court case out and making it into some huge thing (like unknown singer/songwriter Katie Farrah Sopher is with Disclosure, Smith, and AlunaGeorge), the two parties settled the case way back in October and are just now coming out with the details. The British crooner and his co-writer Jimmy Napes now pay Petty and composer Jeff Lynne of ELO 12.5% songwriting royalties, which considering how huge the song is, should be a pretty decent chunk of change. A person who had ties to the case told The Sun:

“When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks [...] After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

Sam Smith for #1 classy dude.