THIS COPYRIGHT SHIT IS GETTING CRAZY
If you need evidence of just how ridiculous and broken copyright law has
become, look no further than the legal squall generated by Lil Wayne¹s track
I Feel Like Dying.
Urband & Lazar Music Publishing are suing Lil Wayne for the use of an
uncleared sample from a track by Karma-Ann Swanepoel. That¹s a business
suing, not the actual creator of the track. Oh, and they want to see
financial data from the album Tha Carter III.
I Feel Like Dying isn¹t on Tha Carter III, but: a lawyer for Urband & Lazar argues that Lil Wayne promoted the album by singing that song in concert and allowing fans to download it for free on
his Web site.
So they¹re looking for a slice of money from album sales on a track that
wasn¹t even on the album.
Let¹s just take a moment or two to pull up a chair, and ponder this: Lil
Wayne uses a sample uncleared, admittedly on a track he gave away. So
he¹s being sued on the basis, presumably, that someone who heard the sample
might have gone on to buy the album a someone who wouldn¹t have done so
Rapper Lil Wayne is suing the producer of a song he performed that allegedly
sampled another singer¹s work without permission.
A lawsuit filed last year against Lil Wayne accuses him of copyright
infringement, saying he failed to secure permission to sample folk singer
Karma-Ann Swanepoel¹s song ³Once² on his track ³I Feel Like Dying.²
A lawsuit filed last week by the rapper¹s lawyers says Rebel Rock
Productions Inc., of Coconut Creek, Fla., produced ³I Feel Like Dying² and
was responsible for obtaining any necessary licensing agreements.