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First off today, in a music-themed edition of the 3 Count, attorneys for rapper Eminem and his publisher, Eight Mile Style LLC, are expected to go to court today as their trial against Apple begins. The rapper contends that Apple never obtained rights to make 93 of his songs available via iTunes and have earned over $2.5 million in revenue from them.
Settlement negotiations between the two parties broke down over night and it appears that the case is destined to begin as a trial in a Detroit courtroom today. Obviously this is a case we will be following very closely both here and on the Copyright 2.0 Show.
Longtime Sean “Diddy” Combs collaborator Felix Da Housecat is accusing DJ Hell of plagiarism following the use his vocals on a track released by DJ Hell. The long and short of the story appears to be that Felix and Diddy created a song entitled “The DJ”. Felix then gave DJ Hell a CD with unreleased outtakes from the CD, of which at least one of those vocals appeared on DJ Hell’s Teufelswerk album, which itself had guest spots from Diddy.
It appear that DJ Hell sought and obtained permission for the use of the vocals from Diddy but, according to Felix, did not do so from him. Felix, to prove the vocals were his, released the unedited vocal track as a free download, where shouting can be heard that was apparently edited out of the track Hell created.
The battle is currently being played out solely over Twitter and comments in the media. There is no word yet if this will become a legal matter.
Finally today, musician Lily Allen has closed her controversial copyright blog, an announcement that came shortly after she announced the end of her musical career.
The closure came after it was discovered Allen was hosting unauthorized mixtapes on her site. According to Allen, the tapes were created about five years ago and she “didn’t have a knowledge of the workings of the music industry back then. However, the revelation seemed to be the final straw. Her anti-piracy credentials already under siege following her alleged plagiarizing a post from the site TechDirt and and also including scans of newspaper clippings on the site.
Allen also announced that she “will not make another record”, effectively ending her career in recorded music.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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