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Copyright claim sets to stop the ‘Uptown Funk’

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 16 November 2016

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The latest in a long line of copyright claims against hit songs, the smash hit ‘Uptown Funk’ is under fire for infringing the copyright of a previous song.

The hit created and performed by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, has been deemed by the band Collage, an ‘obvious, strikingly and/or substantially similar copy’ of their single ‘Young Girls’ released in 1983.

The basis of the claim is that there are similarities between the “specifically noted and timed consistent guitar riffs” along with the bass notes, horns and synthesizers. In addition, a key claim is that ‘Uptown Funk’ has copied the ‘main instrumental attributes and themes’ of the 80’s electro-funk song.

Following the recent success of the Marvin Gaye copyright claim on similar basis, this is not a claim lacking in potential.

It is yet to be seen if this case will go the distance like the previous copyright claim in relation to the song, which saw The Gap Band getting writing credits and a share of the royalties in 2015, or if it another of the claims which are popping up all over the place trying to take a slice of a songs success.

Watch this space!

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