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

Well this case (might) finally (maybe) be over (maybe)

A three-judge panel at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld the original verdict, ruling that Thicke and Pharrell will, indeed, have to pay millions to the Gaye family. (The only change is that T.I., featured on the song, no longer has to pay.)

The precedent that it sets is bad news for creativity, as Judge Nguyen wrote — it allows the Gayes to “copyright a style.” Judge Smith does not appear to recognize the door he’s opened for older artists to sue current artists for acknowledging the former’s influence on their work. The original verdict is a dangerous and slippery slope that allows acrimony and general bad faith to come between artists who should and would otherwise appreciate each other. It’s also completely responsible for the litigious environment surrounding popular music in the time since the “Blurred Lines” verdict came down. I can think of a number of songs in the current top 20 that could be equally as guilty of this new type of infringement if this indeed is the new standard.

The ultimate effect will be to limit creativity and stifle innovation, which goes against the very reason these ideas were included in the Constitution in the first place: to promote the arts, not to determine and/or to protect ownership.

source: Vulture

And one last time, here are the two songs in question

Marvin Gaye – “Got to Give it Up” (1977)

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (2013)

See Also:

Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye

Robin Thicke Lied About Writing “Blurred Lines”

Diet Coke vs. Pharrell Williams

Ed Sheeran “Sing” (co-written by Pharrell) vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones

Miley Cyrus Sued for “We Can’t Stop” (Plus 4 Other Songs She Ripped)

I just came across this Pitchfork article about a recently filed copyright lawsuit against Miley Cyrus and was pretty curious. Most of the soundalikes posted on this site are fairly obvious bit I dunno about this one. Before you listen to the music in question regarding this post have a listen to these gems first. I’ll be here when you’re done …

Miley Cyrus vs. The B-52’s

Miley Cyrus vs. Tammany Hall NYC

Katy Perry vs. Kesha vs. Miley Cyrus vs. Justice

Corey Hart vs. Miley Cyrus

OK, and now for this post:

Jamaican dancehall artist Flourgon is suing Cyrus for copyright infringement over her track “We Can’t Stop” (2013). Flourgon claims Cyrus’ hit rips numerous elements from his 1988 single “We Run Things”.

Miley Cyrus has been sued for copyright infringement over her Bangerz single “We Can’t Stop,” Reuters reports. Jamaican dancehall artist Flourgon, born Michael May, claims that the 2013 hit infringes on his 1988 single “We Run Things.” Mike WiLL Made-It, Rock City (Timothy and Theron Thomas), manager Larry Rudolph, RCA Records, and Sony Music are also named in the lawsuit. He’s seeking a trial by jury, an injunction to halt sales and further performances of the song, damages, and attorney’s fees. Pitchfork has reached out to Cyrus’ representatives for comment.
Pitchfork

Have a listen to both:

Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop” (2013)

Flourgon – “We Run Things” (1988)

 

 

Radiohead is Suing Lana Del Rey for “Creep” Soundalike

Long time readers and listeners of this site might not be too surprised about this current lawsuit and soundalike. Back in 2009 I posted about the similarities of Radiohead’s 1992 hit “Creep” and The Hollies “The Air That I Breathe” (1974). Since then some readers have suggested some new ones. And today it has come to my attention that Radiohead is suing Lana Del Rey for her song “Get Free” (2017).  It’s definitely pretty similar. But what about all of these other songs before??? Have a listen to to all of them!

 

The Hollies - "The Air That I Breathe" (1974)
Radiohead - "Creep" (1992)
Raemonn - "Only When You Sleep" (2001)

Christophe – “Aline” (1965)

Brandi Carlile – “Follow” (2005)