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Did Kendrick Lamar really steal “Loyalty?”

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Did Kendrick Lamar really steal “Loyalty?”

The Yeasayer lawsuit against Lamar and The Weeknd went away. Rightly. For now. But another copyright infringement lawsuit is in the works for Kendrick Lamar this week. Terrance Hayes is suing because he believes “Loyalty,” the 2017 Lamar hit that features Rihanna infringes upon Hayes’s 2011 track, also entitled, “Loyalty.” It’s unusual that I’m unable …

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One of the most famous songs in rock n roll history is potentially headed to the Supreme Court. And Musicologize has followed the case from the very beginning, so just a tiny bit of “how we got here,” before we talk about what comes next: In the original trial that questioned whether Led Zeppelin lifted …

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(Update: Weeknd was granted summary judgment. See note at bottom of this month old post.) For The Weeknd, one much-publicized lawsuit went away, but another comes back around to take its place. The band, “Yeasayer” had claimed The Weeknd’s “Pray For Me” (a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar that appeared in the Black Panther soundtrack) sampled …

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Alt title: “All the presumable arguments in Sheerans case that could possibly arise.” 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 are additional defendants and a new registration of the …

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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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A lawsuit has been filed against Travis Scott claiming his hit “Highest In the Room” infringes on a track called “Cartier” by songwriters Olivier Bassil, Benjamin Lasnier, and Lukas Benjamin Leth. The three plaintiffs reportedly shopped “Cartier” around and were in touch with Scott’s people. There’s plenty of backstories told in the complaint, but that’s …

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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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The accusation is always that copyright infringement was willful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone sued for accidentally infringing. Civil litigation, if you don’t know, begins with a plaintiff filing a complaint explaining how they’ve been harmed and why the court should hold the defendant responsible. Then they request some sort of relief — …

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Let’s not be too sure that “Music Copyright Infringement Is Beginning To Make Sense Again,” as this Forbes article says. According to Bloomberg Law, Nickelback just got sued because their hit “Rockstar,” according to a musician named Kirk Johnston, sounds too much like his own “Rock Star” track, which as you might’ve guessed is similar …

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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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