On 16/03/2015, Tom Fine wrote:
> I meant to also say, if you appropriate someone's material, get their
> permission, then pay the damn royalties.
> Gilbert O'Sullivan did not want his song used in a rap context, that
> was the crux of his victorious lawsuit (aside from the fact that De La
> Soul had stolen it without asking). An author of copyrighted material
> has some rights to refuse usage in other works. One instance I can
> think of is say I wrote a hymn and some sort of "gangsta" rapper asked
> permission to use part of my hymn words in a song about doing
> something decidedly un-religious. Logically, I'd refuse, and I should
> have that right.
This will keep lawyers in employment for generations.
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