Jazz Musician Files $100 Million Lawsuit Over Copyright Infringement

The use of samples is still a pretty contentious area.  If a musican samples someone else’s music in the creation of a new work, then some sort of compensation is due.  Usually.

Paul Batiste, a jazz musician and a founder of the Batiste Brothers Band, is most annoyed at T-Pain, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and twenty-five others whom he says infringed upon over 70 songs from the Batiste Brothers catalogue.  He wants $100,000,000 in compensation.

One. Hundred.  Million. Dollars.

Read more at Digital Music News.  And if you’re a lawyer, you might dig going through the entire 118-page lawsuit.

Civil Action – Copyright Infringement

Alan Cross

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One thought on “Jazz Musician Files $100 Million Lawsuit Over Copyright Infringement

  • August 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    There are two basic rules in the music "business."

    Rule #1: Three thing are inevitable. Death. Taxes. And your band will break up.

    Rule #2: Germane to this thread: Get a hit, expect a writ.


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