Ridiculous Lawsuits

Though I don’t think that Blurred Lines deserved to lose the case, the lying from team #thicke did make me prefer team #gaye.

Anyway, enough about that, we’ve got more important things to discuss.

Woof-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit

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Can only think about Blurred Lines in the context of it being a rape song…so I wasn’t bothered.


The Blurred Lines case was pretty absurd, if I remember right. The accusation was based on the fact that they’d plagiarised “the feel” of another song, which is absolute bollocks (especially having read Joanna DeMers’ book Steal This Music about how these kinds of copyright disputes have gotten increasingly dodgy).

I feel like the other controversy of that song kind of overshadowed how potentially worrying the implications of that were for musical copyright / influence / what-slash-not


Mike Batt having to pay £100,000 for ‘sampling’ John Cage’s 4’33 on his A Minute’s Silence is another one that comes to mind.

Credit to Batt for eventually finding a way to take it in good humour,

“Mine is a much better silent piece. I have been able to say in one minute what Cage could only say in four minutes and 33 seconds.”


yeah this.

… except it also completely ripped off that Marvin Gaye song too.

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When there are whole genres (blues, early rock n roll, reggae as vague examples) that can be reworkings of the same basic structure and “feel” of a song (if not an almost identical copy of others) then these modern copyright claims seem absurd.

This one is pretty nuts:


McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century

Can we open this up to ‘ridiculous trials in general?’ Cause this one takes some beating. Every single thing about it (including the judges’ decision) makes absolutely no sense.


Thicke vs Gaye. Sounds like a particularly un-PC 80s playground brawl.


Not to be negative I feel this might be a bit too broad for a thread on the music board as we’d essentially be opening the thread up to general legal practices.

Probably got legs for a thread of its own on the So-cal board though

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Pretty sure kids in the playground still use those words tbh.

They need to assert their trade mark here or risk losing the ability to pursue less… trivial infringers in the future.

ah, didnt clock it was on the music boards, thats fair. i am personally a big fan of the blurred lines trial, because it’s so hilarious how robin thicke panicked and threw pharrell under the bus the moment he started being questioned.