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Exclusive: Will Music Infringement Lawsuits Become Excessive?



Just one week after a jury ruled that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s megahit “Blurred Lines” infringed on Marvin Gaye’s 1977 classic, “Got to Give It Up,” Williams is opening up about the ruling.

“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” he told the Financial Times. “This applies to fashion, music, design … anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”

Following the major win of Gaye’s estate, Jermaine Dupri came forward claiming that Ciara’s new track “I Bet” is a “complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad.’” Tom Petty also recently claimed that Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” was similar to his hit track “Won’t Back Down;” in which Smith agreed to give Petty writing credit and royalties.

Considering the recent string of infringement cases, Pharrell raises the question best: Will the entertainment industry as we know it “be frozen in litigation?” HipHollywood caught up with attorney Mitra Ahouraian of Ahouraian Law to help shed some light from a legal perspective.

“The copyright infringement cases are question of fact that’s decided by a jury. That doesn’t create law. Decisions from a judge create law,” Ahouraian explained. “So from a legal standpoint because they are decided on a case by case basis we don’t really have so much of a concern in reality.”

She added, “The influence versus the actual infringement comes down to how similar the two [songs] are. Again, how similar the two are are not only what sounds similar to us as people who aren’t necessarily musicians, but also the expert of musicologists and the likelihood that two people came up with a very similar song or very similar piece of art.”

There are now new reports claiming that the Gaye family, who was awarded over $7 million in the case, is now planning on blocking the sales and distribution of the song.

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It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere



Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

 (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

 Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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