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Rick Ross Sues LMFAO For Copyright Infringement

By Matt Cross  |  01/04/2014  |  1 Comment

Although it was technically filed in 2013, 2014 is seeing its first major copyright dispute. Rick Ross has alleged that “Party Rockers” LMFAO infringed on the copyright to the Rick Ross tune Hustlin’ in their 2011 hit Party Rock Anthem. Specifically, Ross alleges that LMFAO’s phrase “Everyday I’m Shufflin’” represents an unauthorized derivative work of his hook “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” from the aforementioned Ross tune.

Beastie Boys Sue GoldieBlox

By Matt Cross  |  12/15/2013  |  Leave a Comment

The saga continues in the dispute between the Beastie Boys and toy-maker GoldieBlox.  As you may recall, weeks ago GoldieBlox filed a preemptive lawsuit in an effort to have a federal district court declare their parody of the BeastieBoy tune “Girls” in their viral video a “fair use” under United States copyright law.

GoldieBlox ostensibly took this adversarial stance without knowledge of a provision in the will of late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. According to a copy of the will obtained by Rolling Stone, Mr. Yauch’s will provides as follows:

Not withstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”