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Post  misery guts on Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:13 am

Well, well,

'Uptown Funk!'s Writing Credits Changed To Include The Gap Band
There is at least a surface similarity between the two funk-influenced songs, so one can’t help but wonder if this one of the first effects we’re seeing of the post-‘Blurred Lines’ court case, persuading artists to pre-emptively include credits because of the threat of lawsuits.

In March, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay $7.4 million to the family of Marvin Gaye after a court ruled that ‘Blurred Lines’ copied the sound of the R&B icon’s 1977 hit ‘Got To Give It Up’.

Also, Sam Smith agreed to pay American rocker Tom Petty songwriting royalties for his hit ‘Stay With Me’ after it was argued that there were similarities between that song and Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:02 pm

Uptown Funk faces another claim
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have been accused of plagiarism.

The pair have come under fire from Serbian singer Viktorija - whose real name is Snezana Miskovic - who claims their chart-topping collaboration 'Uptown Funk' is a rip off of her 1984 single 'Ulice Mracne Nisu Za Devojke', which translates as 'Dark Streets Are Not For Girls'.

She said: "Their song 'Uptown Funk' contains 80 per cent of my tracks. How much of it are you allowed to take as inspiration for your song?"

Despite claiming the song is "80 per cent" hers, the 56-year-old star insisted she has not yet decided whether to sue them and instead just wants to have her contribution appreciated.
Being Serbian and defending a song that 98% of people will have never heard of before suggests this one won't be as successful as the Gap Band.
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Post  Adric on Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:51 pm

Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Sued by Funk Band Collage Over 'Uptown Funk'

“Uptown Funk” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are being sued for alleged copyright infringement, according to TMZ. Collage, a funk band that released music in the early 1980s, filed the complaint.

The group claims “Uptown Funk” and its own 1983 song “Young Girls” are “almost indistinguishable” and states that Ronson and Mars have previously mentioned being influenced by early ‘80s Minneapolis electro-funk and soul music.

The complaint, obtained by Pitchfork, specifies the following: “Upon information and belief, many of the main instrumental attributes and themes of ‘Uptown Funk’ are deliberately and clearly copied from ‘Young Girls,’ including, but not limited to, the distinct funky specifically noted and timed consistent guitar riffs present throughout the compositions, virtually if not identical bass notes and sequence, rhythm, structure, crescendo of horns and synthesizers rendering the compositions almost indistinguishable if played over each other and strikingly similar if played in consecutively.”

Billboard has reached out to RCA, the record label that released "Uptown Funk," for comment.

(Both songs / videos are in article)
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:20 am

Not quite that sort of victimisation, but still...

Alanis Morissette's former manager admits stealing $7m
Alanis Morissette’s former business manager has admitted embezzling more than $7m (£6m) from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors have said.
Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of Los Angeles, was charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return for failing to report the embezzled funds.
It's the Leonard Cohen story again Shocked
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Post  Adric on Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:34 pm

I really don't know, but have nothing but respect for the best duo of all time. Wish him the best!

Venue Owned by Hall & Oates' Daryl Hall Sues Over Occupancy Clash

A concert venue owned by recording star Daryl Hall is suing a New York town, saying that measures taken to reduce the occupancy of the site would force the business to close.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the dispute comes amid negotiations to build an outdoor stage at Daryl's House, a venue owned by the Hall & Oates musician.

A lawsuit filed in March seeks to prevent the town of Pawling from lowering the venue's maximum occupancy from 318 standees to 198.

The lawsuit comes in response to notice given in early March that says the venue's headcount was over capacity.

Live From Daryl's House is a music program that films at the Hudson Valley venue. Performers last year included Kenny Loggins, Wyclef Jean, Cheap Trick and Elle King.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 03, 2017 8:18 am

They're no longer a functioning band, but that wouldn't stop the Eagles:

You can check out any time you like, and you can sue their asses off too
In a complaint filed late Monday, the Eagles said owners of the 11-room Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur "actively encourage" guests to believe the hotel is associated with the band, in order to sell t-shirts and other merchandise, and make guests feel welcome.
This allegedly included piping "Hotel California" and other Eagles songs through the hotel sound system, and selling t-shirts in that refer to the hotel as "legendary," resulting in apparent confusion among many guests who posted online reviews.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:24 am

Dreary N-Dubz rapper Dappy has had a mixed result from his latest court appearance:

Dappy walks free from court after knife charge
The 30-year-old reality television personality, whose real name is Costadinos Contostavlos, admitted carrying a kitchen knife during the confrontation with partner Imani Campbell outside their home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on May 10. Contostavlos, who has an 18-month-old daughter with Miss Campbell, admitted carrying the knife and pointing it at neighbours before returning inside the home.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:25 am

The one and only Toni Basil is on the warpath:

Toni Basil sues Disney and South Park
Toni Basil, the one-hit-wonder who recorded Mickey, is suing several companies, saying they have used the song without permission.
Media giants Disney and Viacom are among the defendants named in her case, filed in Los Angeles on Thursday.
According to court documents, Basil only recently became aware that Mickey had been used in TV shows including South Park and Ru Paul's Drag Race.
She claims the discovery left her "despondent and physically ill".
Basil's lawyers say the 73-year-old "has experienced sleep deprivation, nightmares and anxiety" as a result of use of the song. She has requested a jury trial.
I don't rate her chances, to be honest, not least because she didn't write the blasted song clown All she did was change the original "Kitty" to make it about a man.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:52 am

Rapper DMX took an unusual step in court:

Sing it, brother
The US rapper was in court for dodging $1.7m (£1.2m) in taxes and could have been given up to five years in prison.
After listening to the song, the judge said DMX was a "good man" and gave him one year in prison.
He was also ordered to pay $2.3m (£1.6m) to the tax authorities.
So he's avoided 4 years of a sentence... but has to pay 33% more (approx.)? Call that a deal? Razz
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Post  Adric on Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:30 am

Today's music = thugs (not talent), but real thugs (of all color) paying their bail through their music. (If one can call it music). It's not as if I listen to this madness they call music these days, but it's sort of my job. A child could see through the racist driven garbage. Gun control, drug wars, gang violence, sexual orientation ... oh give me a break! No wonder today's kids are afraid of their own shadow. I've said it before and I'll say it again and stand by it. Music got hi-jacked by prison for profit. There are still wonderful artists(s) out there, but unless they allow Cardi B or Drake into their worlds and take money to bash the POTUS, they will not succeed. Ed Sheeran is only as popular as he is because he's one of the very very few that still makes music that even sounds remotely like music. I don't give a hoot about him either. He had a few good tunes and now he's as over rated as the rest. Well, he died to me when he took up with the likes of Eminem. Predictions for 2018 ... another 20 songs by Cardi B thanks to (featuring). Another 20 songs from Drake, though only 3 of them will stick, likely the worst three. 10 more awesome songs that will be very very lucky to spend 1 solid week in the Top 40. Migos will be the sh*t of 2018 and the generic AI, BGT crap will be crammed down our throats like pills to an addict. Imagine if Ed Sheeran did a video hanging a young black boy. His career would be over and he'd have more death threats than Trump. XXXTentacion does this with young white boys and scores a Top 10 hit! Nope, I am done! I will continue to chart this garbage, but it's with a heavy heart now.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:55 am

I must say Xxxtentacion remains off my radar, and I'm in no rush to see why Shocked

But hey, Drake did get KO'd from the UK top spot at last, so maybe he will in the US too... er, soon Idea
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:55 am

The Johnny Hallyday estate has been frozen by a French court in another inheritance saga:

Zut alors
The singer died of cancer in December and left everything to his fourth wife Laeticia and their adopted daughters.
His older children are contesting this as French law forbids children from being excluded from inheritance.
French media speculate that the rock star left up to €100m (£86m).
Also got a new album (!) due out this year, which will benefit from extra publicity, I expect.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:20 am

Nicki Minaj is in trouble:

Nicki Minaj is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman over a sample on the rapper's unreleased song Sorry.
Nicki initially stalled the release of her latest album Queen by a week back in August (18), so she could officially get Chapman's OK to use a clip of her hit Baby Can I Hold You, but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement and Nicki was forced to leave her love song with former partner Nas off the album.
Unfortunately for Minaj, before she pulled the track, New York DJ Funkmaster Flex got hold of a copy and played it, prompting Minaj to post the now-deleted tweet "Sis said no", suggesting Chapman didn't like the idea of her hit being used on a rap track.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:04 am

Curious scandal about Universal Music, who had a fire back in 2008 which destroyed part of their music archives, affecting bands like Nirvana and acts like Sheryl Crow. There's talk of litigation, and artist distress at the loss.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48745638
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:56 am

misery guts wrote:Curious scandal about Universal Music, who had a fire back in 2008 which destroyed part of their music archives, affecting bands like Nirvana and acts like Sheryl Crow. There's talk of litigation, and artist distress at the loss.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48745638
In a belated follow-up to this story, the lawsuit was dismissed, since almost all those involved in complaining had backed out. Only Tom Petty's widow was left  Shocked
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