When Viral Music Stars Get Litigious

When Kimberly Wilkins gave a quick account of an apartment fire to a local Oklahoma City TV station, she obviously had (a) no idea she’d be Auto-Tuned; (b) turned into a viral sensation; and (c) end up suing iTunes for copyright infringement for $15 million.

And if recent precedent is anything to go by, she may have a shot at a good payday.  CNET has the story on Kimberly (aka “Sweet Brown”) and her attempt to claw back her catch phrase.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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