Do the Drake & Katy Perry Lawsuits Imply It is Open Season on Songwriters?

Sarah Falzon, a Toronto-based leisure lawyer with Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP, joins us to talk in regards to the latest slew of copyright infringement lawsuits hitting pop stars, together with Drake and Katy Perry, in addition to Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, and Ed Sheeran.

As Sarah says, it looks as if the floodgates have opened within the wake of the notorious “Blurred Strains” battle during which the property of Marvin Gaye efficiently sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copying the “really feel” and “sound” of Gaye’s 1977 music, “Acquired to Give It Up.” We talk about the small print of the newer lawsuits that make them fascinating and whether or not we actually have entered a riskier period for songwriters. Sarah additionally explains if the U.S. lawsuits have any bearing on Canadian songwriters and the related variations between Canadian and American copyright legislation.


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