Musical Copyright Infringement
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Musical Copyright Infringement
I chose to research various musical copyright cases within the industry, mostly surrounding pop music. The case the brought this to my attention was in 2011, where Dr. Luke (a favorite producer of mine) faced a lawsuit surrounding Britney Spears' song "Hold It Against Me".
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Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy For Copyright Infringement - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com

Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy For Copyright Infringement - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com | Musical Copyright Infringement | Scoop.it
Beasties filed a suit against Monster for using a number of their songs in a May promotional video.
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The source is credible with author listed.  MTV gathered citations for its sources, and everything that needed to be quoted was.  The article is not completely current, but I am unsure whether or not the lawsuit is still underway, as it is from 2012.  

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Kanye West sued for copyright infringement for ‘Gold Digger’ sample

Kanye West sued for copyright infringement for ‘Gold Digger’ sample | Musical Copyright Infringement | Scoop.it
We all know Kanye West knows how to get down but did the rapper steal a sample for his hit “Gold Digger”?
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This article is current, just a few months old, and this lawsuit is still occuring.  The source is an authority - the news site is credible, it is the New York Daily news, and there is also a clear author listed with contact information.  It is an objective source, just providing information without analysis.  The article seems to be very accurate, even giving external links to its sources it has used.

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Eminem's music publishers sue Facebook for copyright infringement over song used in advert

Eminem's music publishers sue Facebook for copyright infringement over song used in advert | Musical Copyright Infringement | Scoop.it
Eminem’s music publishing company Eight Mile Style has launched legal action for copyright infringement over claims that Facebook used music in an advert that closely resembled an Eminem song without seeking permission.
Adam Parker Huddleston's insight:

This article is current, it is from just about a month and a half ago, and is also accurate.  The Independent UK is a credible source, it cited where it found its information in this article and also gave a clear authority - the author had her name, which was a link to her biography and contact information.  The article was written objectively, with no writer bias taking place from what I could see.

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Justin Bieber being sued for copyright infringement

Justin Bieber being sued for copyright infringement | Musical Copyright Infringement | Scoop.it
The singer is facing a lawsuit over his track 'Somebody To Love'.
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This article appears to be credible.  There is an author clearly listed, with a link to his contact information if you have questions.  It is objective, it just states facts, no room for opinion.  There are links to outside information used.

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Jessie J, Universal Music Group Sued for Copyright Infringement | Music News | Rolling Stone

Jessie J, Universal Music Group Sued for Copyright Infringement | Music News | Rolling Stone | Musical Copyright Infringement | Scoop.it
California musician claims pop star stole for her hit single 'Domino'
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This article seems accurate, as Rolling Stone is a legitimate news source and has clearly cited its sources, yet I cannot find a clear author for this article so it lacks some authority.  However, the article is objective, there is no bias, just stating facts about what has occured between this California musician and Jessie J.

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Why Music Producer Dr. Luke Sues People Who Claim He Copies Songs (Analysis)

Behind hit songs by Britney Spears and Katy Perry, the producer — who recently resolved a defamation lawsuit by the Bellamy Brothers -- provokes discussion about whether he takes his inspiration too far, so what’s really behind the music?
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This source is very reliable, as it is from a credible site like the Hollywood Reporter.  The author is clearly listed, there is a clearly date, and an email and twitter account for him.  This article is objective, all it is doing is informing the reader of the lawsuit.  It is accurate, because it has links to where its information is received that back up the statement.

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Adam Parker Huddleston's comment, July 15, 2013 8:49 PM
Pros: the only pros I can really see of a musical copyright situation would be that one side ends up making some money in a settlement at some point in time. Also I believe that people like Dr. Luke use these lawsuits as a rightful intimidation tactic that scares off potential threats of lawsuits.
Adam Parker Huddleston's comment, July 15, 2013 8:57 PM
Cons: lawsuits like this cost a lot of money and time, it reduces artist credibility and gives them a bad image when the may have done nothing wrong, it also becomes a petty game of "he said, she said"