PORTUGAL – Portuguese singer Tony Carreira, who participated at Festival RTP da Canção in 1988 with the song “Uma noite a teu lado” (One night by your side) has been accused by the public prosecutor of plagiarizing songs by foreign authors, with the collaboration of composer Ricardo Landum, who is also accused.
Tony Carreira, who performed as António Antunes at Festival RTP da Canção, has gained legendary status in Portugal, having been able to perform to sell out concerts in not only Portugal but in Paris, where there is a strong Portuguese community. The public prosecutor accused Tony Carreira of “using the genuine work of others with the work allegedly created by the himself and such works being analyzed through musical expertise”.
The accusations come to a total of 11 songs, of which there is a question of using the same structure, melody, harmony, rhythm and orchestration. Sometimes the very lyrics of foreign works being translated, creating a partial replication of the original and adding little originality to the songs.
Tony Carreira is charged with various charges of usurpation and counterfeiting, while Ricardo Landum, author of some of the greatest hits of Portuguese light music, is responsible for nine counts of usurpation and nine counts of counterfeiting.
Tony Carreira changed his contribution on three songs, from author to adapter on the official paperwork held by the Portuguese Society of Authors, “After you nothing else”, “If I wake up and you’re not on the hill” and “Dreams of a Boy”.
This change was accepted but Tony Carreira never made changes to a further 8 songs, which have also come into question. Although Tony Carreira has so far made no comment on the subject, there is still time for a possible agreement to be made before the accusations make it to court.