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
|Year||Country||Case Name||Court||Complaining Work||Defending Work||Complaining Author||Defending|
|2020||US||Estate of James Oscar Smith v. Cash Money Records||2d Cir.||Jimmy Smith Rap||Pound Cake||Jimmy Smith||Aubrey Drake Graham aka "Drake"|
|2020||US||[INPLAY] Yeasayer v. Tesfaye||S.D.N.Y.||Sunrise||Pray for Me||Yeasayer, LLC||Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (“The Weeknd”); Kendrick Lamar Duckworth|
|2020||US||[INPLAY] Michael Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin||9th Cir.||Taurus||Stairway to Heaven||Randy Wolfe||Jimmy Page|
|2020||US||[INPLAY] Marcus Gray, et al. v. Katy Perry||C.D. Cal.||Joyful Noise||Dark Horse||Marcus Gray, et al.||Katy Perry, et al.|