3 Count: Suing in a Ghost Town
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1: The Rolling Stones Sued for Copyright Infringement
First off today, Fraser Lewry at Louder reports that The Rolling Stones are facing a lawsuit by songwriter Sergio Garcia Fernandez over the 2020 single Living In a Ghost Town.
Fernandez, who goes by the name Angeslang, claims that the band made use of his 2006 song So Sorry and his 2007 song Seed of God when creating Living In a Ghost Town. According to Fernandez, the Stones’ song includes elements such as vocal melodies, chord progressions and drum beat patterns, among other alleged similarities.
In addition to the band and its members, the lawsuit also targets Universal Music Group, BMG Rights Management and other companies involved with The Rolling Stones.
2: Benny Blanco Copyright Accusers Abruptly Drop ‘Eastside’ Lawsuit
Next up today, Bill Donahue at Billboard reports that Benny Blanco, Halsey, Khalid and Ed Sheeran are free from a lawsuit that was filed against them as the plaintiffs have abruptly dropped the case.
The case dealt with their 2018 collaboration song Eastside. The case was filed by songwriters, Konstantine Lois and Shane Williams, who perform under the name American XO. They accused the group of copying a 2015 song they recorded entitled Loveless, specifically targeting the “core riff” of the songs.
However, now that lawsuit has ended with the plaintiffs dropping the case. Both sides have agreed to pay their own legal costs, and it is unclear what, if any, terms came with the dismissal. However, an attorney representing the defendants aid that they dropped the case because they were “certain to lose” but the plaintiffs dropped it because, according to them, they lacked the financial resources to continue the fight.
3: Pokémon Anime YouTubers Plagued by Copyright Claims from ShoPro
Finally today, Laura Gray at Dexerto reports that fans of the Pokémon anime are facing copyright claims as the producers of the show have, somewhat abruptly, begun receiving copyright strikes from ShoPro, the producers of the program.
The issue was first brought to light by Twitter user Pokeferlax, who took to Twitter to explain why his account no longer has any content on it. This has brought out other YouTubers to publicly air similar complaints, with one saying that ShoPro was actively harming their fan community.
However, even though the TeamYouTube account did say that they were looking into it, no changes have been made. The accounts that are receiving the strikes have repeatedly said that they follow YouTube’s fair use guidelines, though it is unclear whether the videos were actually a fair use or not.
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