As we enter into a new year of music, it seems we enter more custody battles and copyright infringement cases over who stole (**borrowed**) what.
This week, female artist Dua Lipa’s Levitating is being sued by a south Reggae band Artikal Sound System’s song of Live Your Life. With there being a four-year difference in terms of writing both pieces of music, and the uncanny resemblance for both the bass lines and seething undertones of a summer anthem, it seems probable that Dua Lipa may have to settle.
Another case, another “influencing.” More and more copyright infringement cases rise as music gets spliced and diced as more and more bedroom artists join the fray with their own voice. It’s important to note that Dua Lipa’s team would have more likely cross-checked whether the song existed primarily, and would’ve no doubt been influenced or at least aware of the song. Unfortunately, due to the signature profile the song is associated to, the copier has come off far better reaping in mass streams and evidently earning both a Brit Award and a Grammy for the album. But, hopefully, swift justice will be brought and the artists can share the sum of royalties earned from Levitating. Let me know your thoughts on both songs below!