The legendary hip-hop act the Beastie Boys have gotten caught up in yet another legal battle involving copyright infringement.
Cory Hodge's insight:
Beastie Boys are claiming that the video Girls, a parody of their song of the same name, is copyright infringement and is not protected under the fair use doctrine. The company that put the video out is a start-up toy company called Goldieblox which focuses on selling "sophisticated toys" to girls. If you are going to make a parody and even call it the same name as the original, you might want permission first. Crazy to me that Goldieblox didn't think that they would have a legal battle on their hands.
Suit again't Jaz Z for sampling Eddie Bo's 1969 single Hook and Sling – Part 1 without permission. The label representing Bo, TufAmerica claims that the sample is in Jay Z's 2009 single Run This Town. Seems like TufAmerica has filed similar suits to other artists and could be looking to just make money. But on the other hand they could be legit claims that are being made.
Billboard Aimee Mann wins first round of MediaNet copyright lawsuit musicweek.com "Because MediaNet's service functions (and MediaNet profits) by distributing music to its business partners and end users, Mann has done enough to set forth plausible...
Cory Hodge's insight:
Aimee Mann won the first round of a copyright infringement lawsuit against MediaNet. She accused the company of infringing 120 of her songs saying that a license agreement signed in 2003 expired three years later. This is really importnant that she won this because that is a huge volume of songs. It's important to make sure agreements and licenses stick to the original agreement.
Songwriter Earl Shuman says Alicia Keys' song sounds too similar to his 1962 work "Lonely Boy," which hit number two on the Billboard charts when Eddie Holman recorded it as Hey There Lonely Girl. There is even a part in the middle of the song that Keys sings a couplet or so from Hey There Lonely Girl, and it is an uncredited sample. Very interesting that she even sings a part of the original song without giving any credit to it. To me that is a just asking to be sued.
Two of Marvin Gaye’s kids filed a lawsuit against Robin Thicke, producer Pharrell and rapper T.I. for copyright infringement for ripping off Marvin’s classic tune Got to Give it Up. This was after the fact of Robin Thicke filing a lawsuit towards claims of a lawsuit from the Gaye family. There might be some that say the similarties are there, but it says a lot that Thicke filed first to protect himself.
Hollywood Reporter Madonna and Music Producer Win 'Vogue' Sampling Lawsuit Hollywood Reporter "Having listened to the sound recordings of Chicago Bus Stop, Love Break and Vogue, the Court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled...
Cory Hodge's insight:
This was about a lawsuit claiming that Madonna and producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone illegally sampled a tune on her 1990 international hit Vogue. Ruling was in favor of the defendants. The plaintiff said that only through new technology was the sampling found in the 1976 composition called Love Break. I mean it kind of says something that it took new technology to find what they said was sampling. And because it wasn't really noticed in the first place the court also said basically no one can even tell of the sampling.
Pros: Madonna and her producer won the Lawsuit and were found innocent of the sampling lawsuit. It also is good that the court system found that there was not enough evidence to prove the copyright infringement, and no one could really even pick it out if listening.
Cons: That it took modern technology for the owner of the song to sue 20 years later and then loose. It's things like this that make me wonder if people sue to just sue. Lawsuits like this I feel make other song writers and such listen for even the littlest similarities to a song, and then compare to their own. Then from there decide if they want to sue.
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