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CASES

2010-2019

Stories about claims of music copyright infringement appear fairly regularly in Variety and other mainstream publications. Few of these disputes go to trial, and fewer still generate published judicial opinions. Since the 1850s federal courts have published over 100 opinions dealing with this issue, but the frequency with which these cases arise has increased markedly over the past twenty years. We will, of course, add new cases to the web site as they surface.  With this modestly proportioned body of information we have organized the cases chronologically by year.

List of Cases

 

YearCountryCase NameCourtComplaining WorkDefending WorkComplaining AuthorDefending
2010USCurrin v. Pharrell Williams, et al.D. Conn.I'm Frontin'FrontinDavid & Peter CurrinPharrell Williams
2010AULarrikin Music Publishing Ltd. v. EMI Songs Australia Ltd.Fed. Ct. Aus.Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum TreeDown UnderMarion SinclairColin Hay ("Men At Work")
2010USPrunte v. Universal Music Group Inc., et al.D.C. Cir.Fire in Da Hole, Plus OthersFire in the Hole, Plus OthersRobert R. PrunteBlack Rob, et al.
2010USMartel Ellis v. Wyclef JeanS.D.N.Y.DangerWelcome to the EastMartel EllisWyclef Jean
2010USEbony Latrice Batts v. William Adams, et al. [“Black Eyed Peas”]C.D. Cal.Boom DynamiteBoom Boom PowEbony Latrice Batts aka “Phoenix Phenom”William Adams, et al. [“Black Eyed Peas”]
2011USPyatt v. RaymondS.D.N.Y.Caught UpCaught UpWadena PyattUsher Raymond
2011USLessem v. TaylorS.D.N.Y.ElevatorHow We DoRyan Lessem, Douglas JohnsonJayceon Taylor (“The Game”), Andre Young (“Dr. Dre”), Michael Elizondo, Curtis Jackson (“50 Cent”)
2011USSaregama India v. Timothy Mosley, et al.11th Cir.Baghon Mein Behar HaiPut You on the GameAnonymousTimothy Mosley, aka "Timbaland"
2011DEEight Mile Style [Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem” v. Audi GmbHAdvertisement for Chrysler Corp.​Advertisement for Audi A6 “Avant”Marshall Mathers [aka “Eminem”]Audi GmbH
2011DEObinger v. McDonald'sOLG [Higher State Court] MunichMcDonald's-JingleStephan ObingerMcDonald's Corporation
2012USLyles v. Capital - EMI Music, Inc., et al. S.D. OhioWithout YouWithout YouBruce LylesDavid Guetta
2012TWNPeople v. Xinru WangTaiwan Shilin District CourtWhat Is Wrong with LoveSleeping BeautyMeiru HuangXinru Wang
2012USPeters v. West7th Cir.StrongerStrongerVince PetersKanye West
2012USPoindexter v. EMI Record GroupS.D.N.Y.Think Line Between Love and HateWashed AwayRobert Poindexter, et al.EMI Record Group
2012PRCRui Hua Wang v. Qi Gang ChenSup. Ct. BeijingYou and MeYou and MeRui Hua WangQi Gang Chen
2012USBlack Keys v. Home Depot and Pizza HutC.D. Cal.Lonely Boy; Gold on the CeilingAdvertisement for Home Depot; Advertisement for Pizza HutDaniel Auerbach and Patrick Carney
2012USErickson v. BlakeD. Or.Pi SymphonyWhat Pi Sounds LikeLars EricksonMichael John Blake
2012Barobax v. Chakraborty, et al.Soosan KhanoomPyaar Ki PungiKevian Haghgoo et al.Pritam Chakraborty
2013USHobbs v. John7th Cir.NatashaNikitaGuy HobbsElton John
2013USLoomis v. CornishC.D. Cal.Bright Red ChordsDominoWill LoomisJessica Cornish
2014USFrancescatti v. Germanotta ["Lady Gaga"]N.D. Ill.JudaJudasRebecca FrancescattiStefani Germanotta
2014USPringle v. Adams ["Black Eyed Peas"]9th Cir.Take a DriveI Gotta FeelingBrian PringleWilliam Adams, et al.
2014USTufAmerica, Inc. v. Warner Bros Music Corp., et alS.D.N.Y.Hook & Sling, Pt. IRun This TownEddie Bo & The Soul FindersShawn Carter ("Jay-Z") et al.
2014USMayimba Music v. SonyS.D.N.Y.Loca con su TiguereLoca con su TiguereRamon Arias VasquezEduard Edwin Bello Pou
2014USPaul Batiste v. Faheem Rasheed NajmE.D. La.I Like Your Way; Blues ManPut It Down; Reggae NightPaul BatisteFaheem Rasheed Najm (T-Pain)
2015USLane v. Knowles-CarterS.D.N.Y.X.O.X.O.X.O.Ahmad Javon LaneBeyonce Knowles-Carter
2015USNew Old Music v. Gottwald, et al.S.D.N.Y.Zimba kuPrice TagLenny Lee GoldsmithJessica Cornish, et al.
2015USDevin Copeland v. Justin Bieber, et al.4th Cir.Someone to LoveSomeone to LoveDevin CopelandJustin Bieber, et al.
2015USTufAmerica v. Diamond, et al.S.D.N.Y.Say What; Drop the BombShadrach; Car Thief; Hold ItTrouble Funk [band]Diamond, Horovitz, et al. [Beastie Boys]
2015USMiles Floyd v. Rod Stewart, et al.N.D. Ga.Corrine CorrinaCorrina CorrinaAmerican folk song, as performed by Bo CarterAmerican folk song, as performed by Rod Stewart
2015USDaniel Marino v. Usher, et al.E.D. Pa.Bad GirlDaniel MarinoUsher Raymond
2015USTom Petty v. Sam SmithI Won't Back DownStay With MeTom Petty and Jeff LynneSam Smith
2015USRichard Friedman v. Hans ZimmerC.D. Cal.To Our FallenMusic score for “12 Years a Slave”Richard FriedmanHans Zimmer
2015DEDark Sanctuary v. BushidoBGH [Federal Court of Justice]Les Memoires BlesséesJanineDark SanctuaryBushido
2016USFahmy v. Jay Z et al.C.D. Cal.Khosara, KhosaraBig Pimpin'Baligh HamdiJay Z et al.
2016USBowen v. PaisleyM.D. Tenn.Remind MeRemind MeAmy BowenBrad Paisley, et al
2016USMcDonald v. West, et al.2d Cir.Made in AmericaMade in AmericaJoel McDonaldKanye West, et al.
2016USVMG Salsoul v Madonna Ciccone, et al.9th Cir.Chicago Bus StopVogueVincent Montana, Richard PettiboneMadonna Ciccone, Richard Pettibone
2016USWe Shall Overcome Foundation v. Richmond Foundation & Ludlow MusicS.D.N.YWe Shall OvercomeNAAfrican-American SpiritualNA
2016US[INPLAY] Alisa Apps v. Universal Music, et al.D. Nev.Need to KnowLove Me AgainAlisa AppsJohn Newman
2016USArnett v. Alan Jackson & Sony MusicE.D.N.C.Remember MeRemember WhenTimothy ArnettAlan Jackson
2016USBMG v. Atlantic Recording Organization, et al.S.D.N.Y.Came to DoPost to BeJoseph Bereal, et al.Omari Ishmael Grandberry, aka "Omarion"
2016USEric Smith, et al. v. Amanda Jiroux, et al.C.D. Cal.No RainInsaneEric Smith, et al.Amanda Jiroux
2016USGabor Presser v. Kanye West, et al.S.D.N.Y.Gyongyhaju LanyNew SlavesGabor Presser & Anna AdamisKanye West
2016USMattie Music Group v. Lamar, Warner/Chappell, et al.C.D. Cal.Don't You Want to StayI Do ThisBill Withers, et al.Kendrick Lamar, et al.
2016USMcElroy, et al. v. Eriksen, et al.C.D. Cal.Why You Treat Me So BadI'm Worth ItThomas McElroy, Denzil Delano, Jay KingMikkel Eriksen, et al.
2016USSongs Music Publishing v. Porsche, et al.M.D. Tenn.JungleAdvertisement for Porsche’s Cayman 718 automobileMembers of the band “X Ambassadors”Cramer-Krasselt advertising agency
2016USYours, Mine & Ours v. Sony, et al.C.D. Cal.Young GirlsUptown FunkMembers of “electro-funk” band CollagePeter Hernandez (“Bruno Mars”) et al.
2016USEstate of Armetia Chatmon v. Eric Clapton, et al.M.D. Tenn.Corrine, CorrinaAlberta, AlbertaPublic domain blues number performed by Bo Carter (Chatmon)Public domain blues number performed by Eric Clapton
2016USMiller, et al. dba “Sleigh Bells” v. Demi LovatoC.D. Cal.Infinity GuitarsStars“Sleigh Bells” [band]Demi Lovato
2016USGreggs v. Grande, et al.C.D. Cal.Takes All NightOne Last TimeAlex GreggsAriana Grande
2016USHaloSongs, Inc., Martin Harrington, Thomas Leonard v. Ed Sheeran, et al.C.D. Cal.AmazingPhotographMartin Harrington & Thomas LeonardEd Sheeran & John McDaid
2016USDarlene Love v. Scripps Network, Inc.N.D. Cal.Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)Jeff Barry, et al.
2016USCasey Dienel v. Justin Bieber, et al.M.D. Tenn.Ring the BellSorryCasey DienelJulia Michael, Justin Tranter, Justin Bieber, Thomas Pentz, et al.
2016USCirque du Soleil v. Justin Timberlake, et al.S.D.N.Y.Steel DreamDon't Hold the WallCirque du SoleilJustin Timberlake, et al.
2016USPK Music v. Justin Timberlake, et al.S.D.N.Y.A New Day is Here at LastDamn GirlPerry KibbelJustin Timberlake, et al.
2017USMarcus Gray, et al. v. Katy PerryC.D. Cal.Joyful NoiseDark HorseMarcus Gray, et al.Katy Perry
2017USRoberts v. Gordy11th Cir.HustlinParty Rock AnthemWiliam Roberts, Andrew Harr, Jermaine JacksonStefan & Skyler Gordy ("LMFAO")
2017USMitchell v. Priority RecordsW.D. Ky.Star in the GhettoIf It Ain't RuffLeroy MitchellAndre Young( "Dr. Dre")
2017NZEight Mile Style v. New Zealand National PartyH.C. N.Z.Lose YourselfEminem EsqueMarshall Mathers, et al.Michael Cohen
2017USAbdul Muhammad v. Chancellor BennettN.D. Ill.Bridge Through TimeWindowsAbdul Muhammad (Erik Saunders)Chancellor Bennett (“Chance Rapper”)
2017USLastrada Entertainment v. Mark Ronson, et al.S.D.N.Y.More Bounce to the OunceUptown FunkRoger TroutmanMark Ronson
2017USEnclosed Music v. Steinman, et al.C.D. Cal.[I’d do] Anything for YouI’d do Anything for LoveJon Dunmore, Mike MolinaJames Steinman
2017US[INPLAY] Sean Hall, et al. v. Taylor Swift, et al.C.D. Cal.Playas Gon’ PlayShake it OffSean HallTaylor Swift
2017USEstate of Barre v. Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Sony Music, et al.E.D. La.Booking the Hoes from New Wildings; A 27 Piece Huh?FormationAnthony Barre aka “Messy Mya”Beyoncé Knowles Carter
2017USGolden Crown Publishing v. Sony Music, Jonathan Smithy [aka “Lil’ Jon”], et al.S.D.N.Y.Turn Down for What?Turn Down for What?Fredley Saurel [aka “Freddy GZ”], et al.Jonathan Smith [aka Lil’ Jon”], et al.
2018USPaul Rose v. Paul David Hewson, aka “Bono”, et al.S.D.N.Y.Nae Slappin'The FlyPaul RosePaul Hewson, aka “Bono”, et al.
2018USWilson v. Dynatone Pub., et al.2d Cir.Sho' NuffSuit & TieJohn Wilson, Charles Still, Terrance StubbsJustin Timberlake
2018USAbiodun Oyewole v. Rita Ora, et al.S.D.N.Y.When the Revolution ComesHow We do Party; Party and Bullshit; Calm DownAbiodun OyewoleRita Ora; Christopher Wallace; Marshall Mathers & Trevor Smith
2018USCortes-Ramos v. Enrique Martin-Morales ("Ricky Martin")1st Cir.World Cup Song Contest EntryVidaLuis Cortes-RamosRicky Martin
2018USFahmy v. Jay Z, et al.9th Cir.Khosara, KhosaraBig Pimpin'Baligh HamdiJay Z, et al.
2018USPharrell Williams, et al. v. Frankie Gaye, et al.9th Cir.Got to Give it UpBlurred LinesMarvin GayeRobin Thicke, Pharrell Williams
2018USMichael May v. Miley Ray Cyrus, et al.S.D.N.Y.We Run ThingsWe Can't StopMichael MayMiley Ray Cyrus
2018USLela Weems v. Odd Future Records, et al.C.D. Cal.Why Can't There Be LoveDeathcampLela WeemsTyler Okonma
2018US[INPLAY] Platinum Jack Entertainment v. ESPN and Chick-Fil-AN.D. Tex.Best I HadAds aired on ESPNDrayter [Band]Chick-Fil-A Advertising Agency
2018USCarey v. SheeranS.D.N.Y.When I Found YouThe Rest of Our LifeSean Carey, Beau Golden, Jasmine RaeEdward Sheeran
2018USDel Rio v. Virgin America, et al.C.D. Cal.Flight Safety VideoNeomi Del RioVirgin America
2018USJamie Ciero v. Disney, et al.C.D. Cal.VolarLet It GoJamie CieroDisney
2018US[INPLAY] Tracy Chapman v. Nicki MinajC.D. CalBaby Can I Hold YouSorryTracy ChapmanNicki Minaj ft. Nas
2018US [INPLAY] Brighter Sky Productions LLC, et al. v. Marriott International, Inc., et al.N.D. Ill.Rocket Boys MusicalOctober Sky MusicalDan Tramon, Diana Belkowski, Carl Anthony TramonMarriott International, Inc, and Universal Pictures
2018USBenny Mardones, et al. v. Cyndi Lauper, et al.S.D.N.Y.Into the NightRaise You UpBenny Mardones & Robert TepperCyndi Lauper
2018USRichard Morrill v. Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, et al.C.D. Cal.Who's Got My Lightah (1996) / Who's Got My Lighter (2009)Spark the FireRichard MorrillGwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams
2018DEStahlgewitter v. Frei.WildOLG [Higher State Court] HamburgAuftrag Deutsches ReichSchenkt uns Dummheit, kein NiveauStahlgewitterFrei.Wild
2019US[INPLAY] Andrew Green v. Kanye West, et al.D.S.CVideo Recording of child prayingUltralight BeamAlice T. Johnson and N.G (minor child)Kanye West
2019US[INPLAY] William Smith et al. v. "The Weeknd"C.D. Cal.I Need to LoveA Lonely NightWilliam Smith, Brian Clover, Scott McCullochAbel M. Tesfaye (“The Weeknd”)
2019USS.D.N.YBack it Up24 HoursSong-A-Tron MusicChristian Jones ("TeeFLii")
2019USMimi Korman v. Julio Iglesias11th Cir.Me Olvide de VivirMe Olvide de VivirMimi KormanJulio Iglesias
2019DE[INPLAY] Kraftwerk v SetlurCourt of Justice of EUMetall auf MetallNur mirKraftwerkSabrina Setlur
2019USRodriguez v. Avalos, et al.W.D. Tex.PediréPediréEsmeralda Lucy RodriguezEric Avalos, Courtney Rico, Chavalos Music, Inc.
2019US[INPLAY] Nicholas v. Pigott, et al.E.D. La.Roll Call (Instrumental)That beat; In my feelings; Nice for whatSamuel Nicholas III ("Sam Scully")Adam J. Pigott ("BlaqNmilD"); Aubrey Drake Graham ("Drake")
2019US[INPLAY] Brandon Lee ("Don Lee"), et al. v. Hill ("Lil Nas X"), et al.S.D.N.Y.gwenXdonlee4-142RodeoBrandon Lee ("Don Lee") & Glen DemerittMontero Lamar Hill ("Lil Nas X"), et al.
2019USMark Halper v. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, LLC, et al.6th Cir.Don't Throw Our Love AwayStay With MeMark HalperSam Smith, et al.
2019USParker, et al. v. Winwood, et al.6th Cir. Ain't That a Lot of LovingGimme Some LovinWillia Dean Parker & Homer BanksMervyn Winwood, et al.
2019US[INPLAY] Key, et al. ("Yellowcard") v. Higgins, et al. ("Juice WRLD")C.D. Cal.Holly Wood DiedLucid DreamsRyan Key, et al. ("Yellowcard")Jared A. Higgins ("Juice WRLD"), et al.
2019USPickett v. Migos Touring, Inc., et al.S.D.N.Y.Walk It Like I Talk ItWalk It Talk ITLeander C. Pickett ("M.O.S.")Migos Touring, Inc. ("Migos"), et al.
2019USBrown v. TedderC.D. Cal.Nowhere Left to GoZachry Brown, Ryan TedderNowhere Left to GoZachry Brown, Ryan Tedder
2019USBrown v. NetflixS.D.N.Y.Fish Sticks n' Tater Tots (song)Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe (film)Tamita Brown, et al.Netflix, et al.
2019USStone v. DudleyC.D. Cal.N/ASharon StonedSharon StoneChelsea Dudley a/k/a/ Chanel West Coast
2019USBatiste v. Lewis, et al.E.D. La.Hip Jazz; World of Blues; Salsa 4 Elise; I Got the Rhythm OnThrift Shop; Neon CathedralPaul BatisteRyan Lewis; Ben Haggerty ("Macklemore")
2019US[INPLAY] Richardson v. KharbouchN.D. Ill.*Hood* Pushin’ WeightAin’t Worried About NothinEddie Lee Richardson aka Hotwire the ProducerKarim Kharbouch aka French Montana;
Excuse My French
2019USHines v. Roc-A-Fella Records Inc. et al.S.D.N.Y.Help Me Put Out The Flame (In My Heart)Paper Chase; Toe 2 ToeErnie HinesJay-Z; Timbaland
2019US[INPLAY] Jefferson v. Raisen, et al.C.D. Cal.Truth HurtsHealthy (Demo)Melissa Jefferson ("Lizzo")Justin Raisen; Jeremiah Raisen
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