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As you may have read already there’s a new case against Thinking Out Loud, claiming (as does at least two other cases) that it infringes upon “Let’s Get It On.” This time there’s additional defendants and a new registration of the 1973 recording to go along with the sheet music that was originally registered. And …

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There are now no fewer than three lawsuits arguing that Ed Sheeran’s super mega hit “Thinking Out Loud” infringes upon Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend’s “Let’s Get It On;” two of them from the same plaintiff. SAS (Structured Asset Sales), which acquired partial rights to “Let’s Get It On” from one of Mr. Townsend’s successors, …

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San Francisco Bay artist Richard “Richie Rich” Serrell recorded “Side Show” back around 1990 with a group called “415.” In a copyright infringement suit that names Apple, NBC Universal, and Amblin Entertainment as defendants, plaintiff and I think 415 producer, Darell Jackson says that the track appears in an episode of Amazing Stories on Apple …

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Ford Motor Company stands accused of using library music in its promotional videos without obtaining a sync license, fifty-four times. How do we get to such a specific amount as $8.1 million? I’m not a lawyer, I’m a forensic musicologist, there’s a disclaimer around here somewhere, but I think it goes like this… First, when …

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It’s not so much that anyone even knew, much less cared, that there was a copyright infringement case involving “You Raise Me Up,” by Josh Groban and Westlife. It’s more that now that the case has been dismissed it joins recent judgments on famous infringement cases around “Stairway To Heaven” and “Dark Horse” to collectively …

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It took a while but a lawsuit alleging that James Arthur may have lifted “Say You Won’t Let Go” from The Script’s “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” was evidently filed today (Today being Monday, May 21, 2018) and hold on to your hats,  it’s Richard Busch for the plaintiffs, whom as I’ve said, nobody …

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Don’t hold your breath waiting for Radiohead to sue Sam Smith over “Midnight Train.”   Back in 2014, when Sam Smith’s had his mega-hit with “Stay With Me” (which won him four Grammy’s including the two biggies, SOTY and ROTY, and made Smith a star) it was widely observed that “Stay With Me” sounded a …

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How about a quick look at what’s most important to this case and at the importance of “prior art” in the world of copyright and copyright infringement. Jesse Braham, who is suing Taylor Swift for 40 million, likely believes that he has a fair point. He used a phrase that he thinks was pretty unique …

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Is this just another frivolous lawsuit? How can we tell? accessToday we learned that canadian songwriters, now plaintiffs, Ronald McNeill and Georgia Lyons-Savage are suing Carrie Underwood and claim to have composed the chorus, melody and lyrics to “Something In The Water.” Carrie Underwood’s begins her greatest hits record (hard to believe she has one already) …

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“Chance The Rapper” sued by the songwriter of Lonnie Smith’s “Bridge Through Time” — a jazz record also sampled by Jay-Z and others. Chance The Rapper is reportedly being sued for copyright infringement over his track, “Windows” which was on Chance’s 2012 mixtape 10 Day. The mixtape wasn’t directly sold at retail, so one might say, “The 10 …

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