3 Count: Stoopid Lawsuit

And a battle over playing "Conga"

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1: Tekashi 6ix9ine Sued Over Hit Song ‘Stoopid’, Accused Of Ripping Off Miami Rapper

First off today, Ryan Naumann at The Blast reports that rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, has been sued by a Miami rapper Yung Gordon, real name Seth Gordon, over allegations that 6ix9ine took a “radio drop” Gordon had created it and used it in his song Stoopid without permission.

According to the lawsuit, Gordon provided 6ix9ine’s label with a series of radio drops, which are short tracks designed to be used to promote an artist on a radio station. However, Gordon accuses 6ix9ine of taking the drops and using at least one 9-second piece in his song Stoopid, which was released in October 2018.

The lawsuit also states that the drop has been removed from the version of the track that is currently on Spotify, they claim that it remains on all other versions of the song currently streaming and for sale. As a result, he is suing for unspecified damages and is seeking an injunction against the use of the track.

2: In Captions Settlement, Audible Will Not Use AAP Member Content Without Permission

Next up today, Andrew Albanese and Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly reports that, as part of its settlement over the proposed “captions” feature in its app, the company has agreed to not include major publishers in the feature without their permission.

In the summer of 2019, Audible announced that it was introduce captioning to its audiobook app. This would provide the text of the book being read as the narrator is reading it. However, seven of the largest publishers took issue with this feature, saying it was not covered under their existing contracts with Audible, and filed a lawsuit to stop the feature from launching.

The two sides reached a settlement fairly quickly though details of it were sparse. However, new details have emerged in court filings and it appears that Audible has agreed to not use the captions feature on books where it doesn’t have permission. Public domain works are exempted from this. This protection goes beyond just the seven plaintiffs that were directly involved in the lawsuit and is extended to all members of the Association of American Publishers.

3: A Pub Played ‘Conga’ — and Now It Must Face the Music With a Copyright Lawsuit

Finally today, Theo Karantsalis at The Miami Herald reports that Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has filed a lawsuit against the Miami bar Pub 52 alleging that the bar was streaming songs they control the rights to without obtaining a proper license.

According to the lawsuit, the bar played at least seven songs that BMI controls on October 12, 2019. They say that the songs were part of a DJ set that was taking place that night. However, despite playing the music, the bar had not obtained a public performance license.

According to BMI, they made over 80 attempts to contact the bar via phone, mail and email since the bar’s opening in October 2018. Though the license could have been as little as $378 per year, now the bar is facing up to $1.05 million in damages plus the cost of the lawsuit itself.

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