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Recent US copyright judgments are a major win for the music industry

You may recall the infamous lawsuit brought by Marvin Gaye’s estate against Robin Thicke and Pharrell over their 2013 song Blurred Lines (for those who do not you can read more here). The decision in the Blurred Lines lawsuit was a major blow to the music industry. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that although Blurred Lines and Got To Give It Up did not share the same melody, lyrics or even underlying…
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Classic Copyright Cases – Bitter Sweet Symphony

Bitter Sweet Symphony needs no introduction. It is an undisputed classic from The Verve with an equally memorable music video. The song, written by Richard Ashcroft and released back in 1997, sampled a symphonic version of The Last Time by The Rolling Stones, recorded by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra in 1965. The Verve had originally agreed to sample a five-note segment of the recording in exchange for an even split of the royalties, however that…
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Classic Copyright Cases – Ice Ice Baby

It is that time again, another Classic Copyright Caseä from yours truly. I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the gradual descent into insanity which I am sure has been these past two months. At least the lockdown is gradually being relaxed so sit tight and enjoy these charming blogs in the meantime. This week I am going to talk about a song we have all heard – Vanilla Ice’s seminal 1990 track…
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Classic Copyright Cases – Katy Perry

I’m back again with another Classic Copyright Case, live and direct from my bedroom. I hope you are all keeping well in these challenging times and developing countless new hobbies out of desperation in order to cure the lockdown boredom. This week I have the pleasure of writing with more good news for the music industry. I am sure you are all familiar with the Katy Perry lawsuit which I have been covering – pure…
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Classic Copyright Cases – Stairway to Heaven

I write with some fantastic news this week. You may be familiar with the Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven dispute which has been going on for longer than I care to remember. In case you don’t already know, all the way back in 2014 the rock band Spirit took legal action against the UK legends, claiming that the guitar introduction to Stairway to Heaven infringed their copyright in respect of their 1968 song Taurus. Have…
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Classic Copyright Cases – De La Soul

And he’s back at it again with another Classic Copyright Case to feast your eyes on. This time round I have the pleasure of discussing a case involving one of my all-time favourite groups: De La Soul. Back in 1989 De La Soul changed the face of hip hop with the release of their seminal album, 3 Feet High and Rising. Featuring more experimental and alternative tracks in comparison with the gangster sound that dominated…
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Classic Copyright Cases – Blurred Lines

As I am sure you will all be delighted to hear, I have decided to begin writing a series of articles covering landmark music copyright lawsuits. First up to bat is Robin Thicke vs Marvin Gaye. Now, as you may know Gaye’s family have been going in hard on Ed Sheeran in recent times, claiming copyright infringement for who knows what, but back in 2014 their eyes were set on Robin Thicke and Pharrell for…
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Kylie Minogue v Kylie Jenner

I think it is safe to say we all know who Kylie Minogue is. She is responsible for such undisputed bangers as Love At First Sight and Can’t Get You Out of My Head (and I am not ashamed to admit that). We have also all heard of Kylie Jenner, who is famous for… being famous. What you may not know is that Jenner had been trying to trade mark the name Kylie in the…
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Drake, Canada’s biggest export since Shania Twain and maple syrup, is trying to trade mark his home country’s cannabis warning label in the United States. Dream Crew, a co-venture between the rapper and Adel Future Nur, has teamed up with Ontario-based Canopy Growth to launch a cannabis wellness company called More Life Growth Co. Dream Crew has now filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a red stop sign showing a…
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