chances are you’ve heard of Sigur Ros – the iconic Icelandic band. And even if you haven’t, then you’ve almost certainly heard “Hoppipolla” – their famous hit that was used extensively in a BBC promo for Planet Earth.
We devote a lot of time exploring the complexities of buying music rights, but what if you don’t? If you don’t get your music licences in place up front then you risk music copyright infringement and also breach of licence. Read up on the risks.
A California jury has awarded Marvin Gaye’s children US$7.4m (approx. £5m) in damages for the similarity between Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. What does this mean for brands and for anyone looking to emulate the musical feel or style of an artist or genre?
If you’re a brand owner, your name and logo are valuable IP assets to be robustly protected. This applies across all industry sectors including music. Whether you’re granting rights to others for use ...Read More »
We’ve been following the Blurred Lines lawsuit between Robin Thicke / Pharrell Williams and the heirs of Marvin Gaye with interest as this case revolves around whether or not two recordings sound the same. In a blow to the estate of Marvin Gaye, an oversight on registering copyright of the recording for “Got To Give It Up” is likely to make their case of plagiarism that much harder to prove. For more details of the implications of not registering copyrights fully, read Stacey Hope’s insights into the legalities of this music copyright case.