7 of Your Favorite Pop Stars Who Were Accused of Copyright Infringement
Publishing rights and songwriting credits have become a hot-button issue in recent years, with more and more big-name musicians being accused of ripping off lyrics, melodies and even installations in music videos — a.k.a. copyright infringement.
It seems, with music sales plummeting and songwriting becoming more of a teamwork process, no one, whether it be Justin Bieber or Beyonce, is safe. Some of the lawsuits seem a bit skeptical — suggesting accusers are merely trying to fill their pockets with cash — while others may have you shocked musicians got away with it, and other times shocked when they are forced to settle. Here are seven of your favorite pop stars who were accused of copyright infringement:
In 2016, Angel Barre claimed to have reached out to Beyonce's representatives to secure proper licensing over the pop star's "Formation" and "Lemonade" music videos, which used the voice of the late New Orleans bounce rapper Messy Mya without consent from Mya's estate.
No terms were agreed upon, however, and so Angel went ahead and filed a federal lawsuit for $20 million in damages for "willful copyright infringement, false endorsement, unfair trade practices and unjust enrichments."
Beyonce recently requested a dismissal on fair use grounds, but the judge denied her motion. The case is ongoing.
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