In an unusual twist to an already unusual situation Robin Thicke apparently lied about writing “Blurred Lines” (2013) for which he was previously called out on for its similarity to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” (1977). And in turn sued the Gaye camp for those claims to protect himself. So did he even write the track? Well he certainly wanted credit for it. Here are some quotes I grabbed from this article on Mashable.
“I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio,” he said. “So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.”
After some quick googling it looks like this one was in and out of court. I’m sure The Black Eyed Peas‘ team of lawyers outnumbered Pringle’s 100 to 1 on this. I had a hard time finding any info about Pringle so if anyone has anything please post in the comments.
Bryan Pringle in 2010 sued the Black Eyed Peas and several co-defendants, including record labels EMI April Music Inc. and Interscope Records; French DJ David Guetta, who co-produced several Black Eyed Peas songs; and several music publishing companies.
Pringle contended that the hip-hop group had ripped off “Take a Dive,” which was copyrighted in 1998, particularly a “guitar twang” melody, or “hook,” that he added in a dance version of the song he composed in 1999. However, Pringle could not obtain copyright registration for the dance version because it was deemed to not be substantially different from the original, according to his complaint.
- read more at law360.com
The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling" (2009)
Bryan Pringle - "Take a Dive" (1998)
I also found this more recent info. I’m not sure how these legal fees work but all I can seriously think is WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IS THIS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON??!
LOS ANGELES (CN) – A federal judge awarded Black Eyed Peas songwriter will.i.am $1 million in costs and attorney’s fees for defending against a claim that the band infringed copyright in the 2009 hit, “I Gotta Feeling.”
The judge awarded another $1.3 million in attorney’s fees to the band’s producer, and $50,000 to the record label.
- Read More HERE
Looks like Katy Perry and Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian “Luke” Gottwald) are at it again. According to Rapzilla.com on July 1, 2014 Christian rapper Flame and others filed a lawsuit against Perry, Capitol Records, and Perry’s co-writers for infringing copyright on the song “Joyful Noise”. One of the co-writers here is Dr. Luke who has made many appearances on this site.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek recently published an article that indicates the wheels are in motion for Led Zeppelin to have a day in court for their most famous tune. Zeppelin has been all over ThatSongSoundsLike.com from the beginning. In all of this talk about Stairway and Tauraus everyone seems to overlook Dolly Parton’s “We Used To”. Here’s an excerpt from the Bloomberg article. Music and more links below.
[Randy] California [of the band Spirit] doesn’t seem to have griped about Stairway‘s genesis, at least publicly, for decades. Finally, citing the gigs they played together, California told journalist Jeff McLaughlin in the winter 1997 issue of Listener magazine that Led Zeppelin had filched his song. “I’d say it was a ripoff,” California said. “And the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’ It’s kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it.” On Jan. 2, 1997, California drowned while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current in Hawaii.
Now the late California’s allegation may get its day in court. Andes and the trust that handles California’s royalties say they’re teaming up to seek credit for Stairway. They’re working with Francis Alexander Malofiy, a Philadelphia lawyer whose cases include a pending suit against the singer Usher over the writing credit for the song Bad Girl, which Usher is fighting [EDITOR'S NOTE: I'll have to check this one out]. Starting in June, Led Zeppelin is preparing to cash in anew on Stairway and other hits by releasing all its albums in deluxe, remastered vinyl and CD editions. Malofiy says he is going to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and seek an injunction to block the rerelease of the album containing the song.
The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on Stairway to Heaven,” says Malofiy, 36, who says he grew up with posters of Led Zeppelin on his bedroom wall. “It’s been a long time coming.”
(There is no shortage of photos of Beastie Boys going “wuhhhhhh??!!”)
UPDATE 2/1/2014: It looks like GoldieBlox pulled the original music and replaced it with something different. I wish I saved the original. Some more info on BusinessWeek.com
The Beastie Boys are threatening startup toy maker GoldieBlox with a copyright infringement suit. Once again, the fine line of fair use and parody. I generally don’t voice my own opinion on these and just present the music but I’m a little torn here. Here are some thoughts:
1. This is a commercial for company and their products. It is not a couple of kids posting a cover song on YouTube (even then, I’m not even sure how that legally works if you are monetizing. I’m sure there is a 3,000 page document somewhere.)
2. If the Beastie Boys never became who they are and were currently pumping gas or spending their time making websites like this they would certainly want to be rewarded for the use of their song in this ad.
The ad is great and GoldieBlox seems like a great idea so kudos to the filmmakers – mission accomplished. Views on the OK Go inspired Rube Goldberg Machine video are nearing 8 Million as of this posting. GoldieBlox describes themselves as “…a toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally.”
The surviving members of the Beastie Boys have since threatened the company with a copyright infringement suit, saying that it is not fair use, as GoldieBlox state. In legal documents the company defends itself by writing: “GoldieBlox created its parody video with specific goals to make fun of the Beastie Boys song, and to further the company’s goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The GoldieBlox ‘Girls’ Parody Video has gone viral on the Internet, and has been recognized by the press and the public as a parody and criticism of the original song. – from “Beastie Boys accuse viral video creators of copyright infringement” on NME
And here ya go:
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Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, ‘Blurred Lines,’ copies ‘their’ compositions.”
The suit claims the Gaye family is alleging that “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” “feel” or “sound” the same, and that the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.”
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"I had heard stories about this guy, whom we will call 'Larry'...people who worked with this guy told me Larry will just take an old song, cut it up in Pro Tools, and redo it, changing the smallest number of parts necessary to consider it a "new" song. That is his formula"
- Butch Walker
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