In Court

July 2018: new additions to Lost in Music

Authored by SimonA

31 Jul 2018 • 0 Comments

We've added a few new case notes over recent weeks. These include Flourgon v Miley Cyrus, White Hinterland v Justin Bieber, Paul Rose v U2 and an updated report on the case between Ed Townsend's estate and Ed Sheeran over his song Thinking out Loud.

In January 2018 a decision was reached in the interesting case between English musician Paul Rose and U2, which claimed that the 1991 single The Fly had copied elements of Rose's song Nae Slappin'. The case notes are here.

In March 2018 a case was brought against Miley Cyrus by Jamaican artist Flourgon, who claimed that the lyrics of We Can't Stop infringed the lyrics of his song We Run Things. A link to the case notes, audio examples and scores is here.

The notes for the case brought by White Hinterland against Justin Bieber, claiming his song Sorry had sampled and copied protectable elements of her song Ring The Bell are here. Although a writ was issued against Bieber and others in May 2016, Bieber's producer Skrillex was quick to respond offering evidence on Twitter that the vocal wasn't sampled, and the case was reportedly withdrawn in December 2017.

The case between Townsend's estate and Ed Sheeran concerns the apparent similarities between the Marvin Gaye song Let's Get It On, and Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud. The original writ was issued by Townsend's estate in 2016, but a new party, Structured Asset Sales, additionally claimed $100m in June 2018. The details are here.

Other case notes currently in preparation include a settlement between Right Said Fred and Taylor Swift involving similarities in lyrics, The Script v James Arthur and Paul Batiste v Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

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