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Tom Petty performs in concert with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers during their Hypnotic Eye Tour 2014 in Philadelphia. Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smiths megahit Stay With Me for its similarities to his song, I Wont Back Down. Smiths representative said Monday the publishers of Pettys 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smiths song, which was one of last years biggest hits. Smith and Stay With Me writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Pettys song, written with Jeff Lynne. Pettys I Wont Back Down peaked at No. 12 on Billboards Hot 100 chart. A representative for Petty declined to comment. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

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Sam Smith performs on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smiths megahit Stay With Me for its similarities to his song, I Wont Back Down. Smiths representative said Monday the publishers of Pettys 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smiths song, which was one of last years biggest hits. Smith and Stay With Me writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Pettys song, written with Jeff Lynne. Pettys I Wont Back Down peaked at No. 12 on Billboards Hot 100 chart. A representative for Petty declined to comment. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

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Political commentator Ann Coulter and rocker Tom Petty.

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FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, Tom Petty performs on Day 4 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Songwriting has gotten harder, not easier, with time, says Petty, who will receive top honors from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, for his four decades in music. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, file)

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FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, Tom Petty performs on Day 4 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Songwriting has gotten harder, not easier, with time, says Petty, who will receive top honors from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, for his four decades in music. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, file)

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Singer Tom Petty, center, Dana York, right, and Adria Petty arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)