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Old 08-02-2019, 04:11 PM   #1
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Why All Your Favorite Songs Are Suddenly Being Sued

Why is so much music being hit with lawsuits? Recent cases involving Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, and Ed Sheeran mark a trend that shows no sign of slowing

Katy Perry hasn’t released a new album in two years. But the pop star’s name lit up headlines this week as fervidly as if she had, when a jury unanimously ruled that her 2013 smash hit “Dark Horse” copied an older song from a little-known Christian rapper — a decision that, in rare combination, has sent both celebrity bloggers and intellectual properly lawyers atwitter.

“Dark Horse” came under fire in 2014 from rapper Flame (real name Marcus Gray), who alleged that it ripped off the beat from his 2009 song “Joyful Noise.” A federal jury decided on Monday that the writers of “Dark Horse” — which sold more than 13 million copies, graced the stage of the Super Bowl halftime show, and was nominated for a Grammy — did infringe on Flame’s track; late Thursday, after hearing days of testimony about Perry’s expenses and profits from record executives (including the odd tidbit that her song needed $2,000 ice cubes in its marketing budget), that same jury ruled that Perry and her label Capitol Records owed Flame $2.78 million. Of that, it said, $550,000 should come from the singer and the rest from the Universal Music-owned Capitol.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...wsuits-865952/
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Re: Why All Your Favorite Songs Are Suddenly Being Sued

IMO most of these lawsuits are frivolous.
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