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First off today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that the battle over Nicki Minaj’s song Sorry has taken another turn as a “Who Done It” has emerged over how the song was leaked to the radio.
Sorry uses a sample taken from Tracy Chapman’s song Baby Can I Hold You. Chapman, who is famously against sampling, declined to license the sample and Sorry was removed from Minaj’s latest album. However, despite the removal, the song began getting heavy airplay on the radio setting up the question of how the song was leaked.
Initially, the evidence condemned Minaj. A private message exchange between her and the New York DJ Flex indicated that she intended to leak the song to him. However, she says she changed her mind and later told him to only use official songs from the album. This is backed up by Flex himself. Minaj says that the rapper Nas, who also had a copy of Sorry, is a likely candidate
Next up today, Reuters reports that the Vietnamese technology company VNG has filed a lawsuit against TikTok alleging copyright infringement in the songs that TikTok users add to their videos.
The lawsuit, filed in Vietnam, claims that TikTok is making illegal use of music owned by Zing, which is a VNG subsidiary. As such, they are demanding both damages of 221 billion dong ($9.5 million) and that TikTok remove all infringing music segments.
The lawsuit comes at a time where TikTok has been soaring in popularity in Vietnam, reaching some 10 million users this month.
Finally today, Ernesto Van der Sar at Torrentfreak writes that Nintendo has sent a cease and desist letter to the creator of an open source “payload injector” for the Nintendo Switch, bringing an end to the project.
The letter deals with the Dragoninjector tool, which was developed and sold by MatinatorX. It allowed users to install their own firmware on a Nintendo Switch, which would allow the playing of both homebrew and pirated games. Though the code on it is open source, a device with the software installed was sold by its creator.
In recent months Nintendo has been aggressively battling piracy on the Nintendo Switch and has launched several lawsuits against those that offer similar products. However, in this case, a cease and desist letter was enough as MatinatorX announced that the project was being brought to an end, citing the letter as the primary reason.