Happy Birthday to Everyone…Except Warner/Chappell!!!
As someone who is still in birthday mode (#VirgosRule), this news was quite entertaining. First let me preface this with the fact that I was totally unaware that the “Birthday Song” was still under copyright. It’s like the oldest song known to mankind, but people have had to get clearance from Warner/Chappell in order to use the song in any of their works. Can you imagine? A song that is over centuries old is still under copyright. Even more so, that Warner/Chappell has been
The Hustle is Real
Rick Ross is definitely a hustler. So much so, he thought he could get credit for a catch phrase he borrowed from someone else. Ross is suing pop group LMFAO for their hit single “Party Rock Anthem” for their use of the line “Everyday I’m shuffling” simply because Ross popularized the already used phrase “Everyday I’m hustling” with his hit single “Hustlin’”. Fortunately for content creators across the globe, the judge in this case denied Ross’ claims and held that the phrase
Defendant’s Financial Condition – A New Element of Copyright Infringement?
So if you’ve been following my blogs, you know that Jay-Z and Timbaland are being sued by one of the heirs of Baligh Hamdi for copyright infringement of his “Khosara, Khosara” composition that was borrowed in Jay-Z’s hit song “Big Pimpin”. The case is set to go to trial in October of this year and the parties are handling preliminary issues to determine what kinds of information makes it to the ears of the jurors. Plaintiff’s attorneys want to bring Jay-Z’s $550 million net w