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In what is turning into a publicity circus for popular EDM group Krewella, former bandmate Kris Trindl, better known by his performance moniker “Rain Man,” is suing the remaining members of the group, sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousef, for $5 million. The suit arises from Trindl’s apparent forced exodus from the group, which [...]

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Unfortunately, imitation—or rather artistic inspiration—has landed R&B singer Robin Thicke and super-producer Pharrell Williams in quite the legal brouhaha.

Since August 2013, there’s been an ongoing legal battle over the similarities between Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Over a [...]

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Jay-Z Fights One-Syllable Infringement Lawsuit

On September 23, 2014 By Kelsey Zottnick

A single syllable could hold major implications for the future of music sampling.

The disputed syllable, “oh,” is the subject of a recent lawsuit filed against rapper Jay-Z, Atlantic Records, and Roc-a-fella. The suit alleges that Jay-Z took the micro-sample from bluesman Eddie Bo’s “Hook & Sling Part I” for use [...]

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Last week, a handful of Nashville songwriters ventured to Washington, DC to advocate for changes in the structure of compensation under copyright law.  The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, aims to change the mechanics by which the government calculates songwriter pay. Currently, under U.S. Copyright law, [...]

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Although Pandora may have won a single battle against the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the recent decision has left many questions about music royalties unanswered. Pandora originally filed suit against ASCAP in the Southern District of New York, petitioning the court to set “reasonable” licensing fees through 2015. The [...]

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The legal battle over the Beastie Boys’ 1987 song “Girls” had some law students wondering if it might be a fact pattern on their copyright final exam. Now, the band and toy company GoldieBlox have reached a settlement over a months-long infringement suit.

GoldieBlox’s stated mission is “to get [...]

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One day in 1985, Smokey Robinson said to his then wife Claudette Rogers “I wanna leave you, don’t wanna stay here . . . . Don’t wanna spend another day here . . . . I wanna split now.”

Now, there’s some sad things known to man, but ain’t too much sadder than [...]

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On Monday, November 11, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) sent take-down notices to fifty music lyric sites. After an October report by David Lowery, University of Georgia researcher and founder of rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, the NMPA had reason to believe that those fifty sites were publishing lyrics without first [...]

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No Publicity Rights for the ‘Soul Man’

On November 6, 2013 By Doruk Onvural

On Halloween Thursday, Sam Moore, a Grammy-winning musician, lost his four-year litigation battle against The Weinstein Co. over the 2008 film Soul Men. Moore claimed that the film was a thinly-veiled rip-off of his music career and that the film’s accompanying soundtrack violated his trademark to “Soul Man.”

In 2012, a Tennessee judge dismissed both claims, [...]

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Y – M – C – No More?

On September 27, 2013 By William Wojcik

Last May, Victor Willis, a former member of The Village People, scored a major legal victory in federal court in California. Judge Barry Moskowitz held that record labels could not block Willis from exercising his “termination rights” under the Copyright Act of 1978. A few weeks ago, despite claims from record label attorneys [...]

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