Blurred Lines on Infringement Laws

robinthickepharrellThis one hurts. Despite the fact that I have literally zero regard for Douche of the Day Robin Thicke, I do greatly respect Pharrell. And regardless of my opinion of Thicke as a human being, I also greatly respect a musician’s right to draw upon their influences and deliver an individual take and style in a new interpretation of their heroes’ artistry. Unfortunately, it’s been reaffirmed that this is not to be tolerated in our ever so litigant society.

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m referencing the case of Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams defending their song, “Blurred Lines” against the estate of Marvin Gaye prosecuting infringement of Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up”. Though originally decided in early 2015, the case has since been appealed, and the Federal Appeals Court recently upheld the original decision and determined that the song was in fact infringed upon.

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Spotify Getting Sued for $1.6B – Why this is what’s ruining the music industry

Spotify LawsuitHey music world! Today I’m touching on one of my favorite nerdy music topics ever, so you’re in for both a hell of an argument and a long-winded one. DEAL WITH IT.

News broke last week that Spotify is being sued by Wixen Music Publishing for distributing their clients’ content without a proper license. They are seeking damages in the form of $150,000 per song for over 10,000 songs, totaling to a whopping $1.6 billion. Read the links for more background if you need it. In the meantime, I’m gonna’ jump right into the nitty-gritty details of the case, and more specifically the holes I want to poke in it. Continue reading “Spotify Getting Sued for $1.6B – Why this is what’s ruining the music industry”