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Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar Are Both Currently Facing Copyright Lawsuits

Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar Are Both Currently Facing Copyright Lawsuits | Copyright | Scoop.it
They might have to break out the checkbook.
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These are two huge artists that are facing copyright lawsuits. What I've learned from this is you have to be careful on what you use to make your songs. You can't take anything from any other song unless you gain permission. You have to get permission from the original artist or you will pay for it. People aren't afraid to sue you if you steal their ideas.

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Sued for a Song: Music licensing lawsuits hit CT restaurants

Sued for a Song: Music licensing lawsuits hit CT restaurants | Copyright | Scoop.it
A few years ago, nine songs were played inside Shelton's Vazzy's Cucina restaurant that ended up costing owners John Vazzano and Vincent L. Noce $18,000.
Scott Kruse's insight:

Not many people would think you can get in trouble for playing music in a restaurant but they were wrong. This case shows you have to know you have the right to play music no matter where or what the occasion is. A restaurant owner played music in his business without permission and had to pay over $18,000 in the lawsuit. Have to know you have the right to play the music before you actually play it! 

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Marvin Gaye family's 'Blurred Lines' copyright lawsuit to go to trial - Digital Spy UK

Marvin Gaye family's 'Blurred Lines' copyright lawsuit to go to trial - Digital Spy UK | Copyright | Scoop.it
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had requested the plagiarism claims be rejected.
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I feel this will be an interesting case to decide on. I can hear the similarities between the two songs and can see why a lawsuit was brought up. In my opinion I think they should favor Marvin Gaye because he was the original creator of the first song. I feel that Robin Thicke copied some ideas without permission from the original creator. This will be an interesting case.

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Justin Bieber, Usher Slapped With $10 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit - TheWrap

Justin Bieber, Usher Slapped With $10 Million Copyright Infringement Lawsuit - TheWrap | Copyright | Scoop.it
A pair of guys who actually want to take credit for writing Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love" are seeking big bucks
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No matter who you are you can get hit big time for copyright. Two people claimed Justin Bieber and Usher stole their song and they are going to be paying for it. $10 million dollars is a huge amount of money to pay because you stole someone's song. I have to agree with the people who started the lawsuit. They created the song which made millions and they want to get paid!

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Beastie Boys Win $1.7 Million in Monster Energy Copyright Lawsuit

Beastie Boys Win $1.7 Million in Monster Energy Copyright Lawsuit | Copyright | Scoop.it
How a bizarre misunderstanding over the word "dope" led to multi-million dollar judgment
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This is an interesting case. People at Monster Energy thought they had the right to use the Beastie Boys song however they were wrong. Crazy to see how one little slip up and cost a company millions of dollars. I agree with the decision of the Beastie Boys winning this lawsuit and support them for filing it. No one should allow their music to be used without monetary rewards.

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