Logan Paul Sued for “No Handlebars”

Billboard.com reports that, “Colorado rap-rock group Flobots is suing YouTube star Logan Paul for copyright infringement over his 2017 single “No Handlebars,” documents filed in U.S. District Court in California show.”

“In the suit, Flobots claim Paul’s “No Handlebars” “copies prominent, qualitatively and quantitively important, original parts” of their 2008 single “Handlebars,” thereby infringing their copyright. They are seeking actual damages in addition to profits “that are attributable to the copyrighted material,” an accounting of “all profits, income, receipts, or other benefits” derived by Paul and Maverick Media from “No Handlebars,” an injunction barring them from further infringing their copyright and the establishment of a “running royalty on all future exploitations” of the song.”

Have a listen!

Logan Paul - "No Handlebars" (2017)
Flobots - "Handlebars" (2008)

Marshmello “Happier” vs. OneRepublic “I Lived” Remix by Arty

I had to give this one a few listens. I was expecting more but after a few listens you can really hear the main keyboard hook in both. The odd thing here is the “original” track is actually a remix. But alas, it’s 2019 and here we are.

Nashville copyright attorney Richard Busch, who previously represented the Marvin Gaye estate in its suit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines,” is representing Arty. The DJ is seeking “actual damages in addition to Defendants’ profits both domestically and relating to foreign sales of other exploitation of ‘Happier’ that were manufactured, distributed or otherwise infringed domestically,” along with a “running royalty on all future exploitations of ‘Happier’ following judgement in an amount to be determined.”

“Everything we have to say at this time is set forth in detail in the Complaint,” Busch tells Rolling Stone. “This includes of course the facts setting forth, among other things, access, and a thorough and compelling musical transcription comparison that shows, as we said in the Complaint, note for note copying of Arty’s work.”

A rep for Marshmello did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

RollingStone.com

Marshmello ft. Bastille – Happier (2018)
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OneRepublic – I Lived (Arty Remix) (2014)
Skip to about 1:45

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Is Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams’ Blurred Lines day in court finally over?

OneRepublic vs. Motley Crue

 

Did the Weeknd rip off this song for “A Lonely Night”?

According to the news The Weeknd might be in a bit of trouble for his song “A Lonely Night”. It apparently sounds a bit too much like the work of a track called “I Need to Love” by three U.K.-based songwriters.

The Blast reports that Abel’s [The Weeknd] track is almost identical to their song, “I Need To Love.” As their case goes, a division of Universal Music acquired the rights to their song in 2008 after pitching it to artists around the world but in 2018 the label relinquished all the rights. Weeks later, The Weeknd dropped off his album and the trio knew something was up. They are suing for unspecified damages including $150,000 per infringement and “forensic accounting to figure out just how much they’re owed.”

Have a listen!

The Weeknd - "A Lonely Night" (2016)
Williams Smith, Brian Clover and Scott McCulloch - "I Need to Love" (2008)