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Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020
Eagles songwriter Don Henley urged Congress on Tuesday to "Take It to the Limit" to protect artists against online pirating, wading into a copyright fight pitting Hollywood and the recording industry against big tech platforms like Google's YouTube.
The blockbuster hitmaker of the 1970s...
Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020
A federal judge in Los Angeles handed a major victory to Katy Perry on Tuesday, overturning a jury's verdict that found the pop superstar and her collaborators copied her 2013 hit "Dark Horse" from a 2009 Christian rap song.
U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said in her decision...
Monday, Mar. 9, 2020
A federal appeals court on Monday restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal "Stairway to Heaven."
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed the major win to guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant and dealt a blow to the estate of Randy Wolfe...
Monday, Sep. 23, 2019
A group of federal judges aren't sure all that glitters is gold, and they don't seem to be buying that a new trial is necessary in the copyright fight over the Led Zeppelin song, "Stairway to Heaven."
Members of an 11-judge panel at a Monday hearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019
To show that Katy Perry and the team that wrote her 2013 hit "Dark Horse" may have heard his song and stole from it, Christian rapper Marcus Gray's primary evidence was that his 2009 song, "Joyful Noise" had plays in the millions on YouTube and Spotify.
Plaintiffs in copyright cases like...
Friday, Aug. 2, 2019
Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a federal jury decided Thursday.
It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus Gray, a relatively obscure artist once known as...
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018
A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a copyright infringement verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines,” agreeing with lower courts that it illegally copied from Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.”
In a split decision from a three-...
Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
What do Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk," Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" and the Chainsmokers' "Closer" have in common?
Yes, they dominated the charts, sold millions of singles and achieved international success in the last two years. But all three smashes also extended writing...
Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016
Music spoke louder than words of witnesses for a jury Thursday that decided Led Zeppelin did not lift a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven."
The panel had heard the faded memories of rock royalty and band members who...
Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016
A federal copyright infringement lawsuit accuses Led Zeppelin of stealing the intro of its hit, "Stairway to Heaven," from the founder of the band Spirit. A Los Angeles jury heard closing statements in the case Wednesday.
Here is a look at some other cases that have taken pop songs from...