A blurred line has been crossed

Melody pil­fer­ing may be on the up, but plenty of hon­est moolah is still be­ing made on Band­camp

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - STUB - Jim Car­roll

The lat­est dis­patch from the pop courts is in. The jury in the US dis­trict court de­cided that Robin Thicke and Phar­rell Wil­liams (right) had cogged from Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up when they wrote “Blurred Lines”.

Now, Thicke and Wil­liams need to pony up around $7.4 mil­lion to Gaye’s es­tate in ret­ri­bu­tion. It’s not like the pair will be des­ti­tute as a re­sult, as the song has been a mas­sive cash cow. Ev­i­dence pre­sented in court showed that Blurred Lines has earned more than $23 mil­lion for the writ­ers, record la­bel and pub­lish­ers.

It’s not the only pop case mak­ing money for legal ea­gles of late. Sam Smith re­cently re­ar­ranged the song­writ­ing cred­its for Stay With Me to take into ac­count that it sounds un­can­nily like Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down.

Then, there’s Hall & Oates su­ing ce­real mak­ers Early Bird Foods over their Haulin’ Oats gra­nola. There you go, the first men­tion of gra­nola in The Ticket.

But thank­fully, there is still money to be made from flog­ging your own mu­sic rather than su­ing some­one else (or singing their song). Mu­sic host­ing site Band­camp an­nounced this week that it has paid more than $100 mil­lion to artists since 2008. A lot of fo­cus for dig­i­tal mu­sic may be on Spo­tify and Ap­ple, but it’s great to hear pos­i­tive news from one of the less her­alded com­pa­nies aim­ing to help smaller bands make a living from their mu­sic.

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