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CASES

2020-2029

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
2020USEstate of James Oscar Smith v. Cash Money Records2d Cir.Jimmy Smith RapPound CakeJimmy SmithAubrey Drake Graham aka "Drake"
2020US[INPLAY] Yeasayer v. TesfayeS.D.N.Y.SunrisePray for MeYeasayer, LLCAbel Makkonen Tesfaye (“The Weeknd”); Kendrick Lamar Duckworth
2020US[INPLAY] Michael Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin9th Cir.TaurusStairway to HeavenRandy WolfeJimmy Page
2020US[INPLAY] Marcus Gray, et al. v. Katy PerryC.D. Cal.Joyful NoiseDark HorseMarcus Gray, et al.Katy Perry, et al.
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