Friday, June 19, 2009

Nelly Furtado, Timbaland facing copyright infringement lawsuit;, 6/18/09; Nelly Furtado, Timbaland facing copyright infringement lawsuit:

"Canadian/Portuguese singer Nelly Furtado and producer Timbaland are facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from record label executives in Finland.

The two have been accused of borrowing segments of someone else's song to create the track Do It, which appeared on the singer's 2006 album Loose, and was a hit song in 2007....

And the record company bosses are planning to use Timbaland's own words against him by quoting him in their lawsuit. They claim the producer gave two radio interviews after the first accusations of plagiarism arose, and spoke about the allegations. He also attempted to explain his take on sampling a song and stealing it.

"Sample and stole is two different things. Stole is like I walked in your house, watched you make it... went to my house and told Nelly, 'Hey, I got a great song for you'," Contactmusic quoted him as reportedly telling one interviewer.

"Sample is like you heard it somewhere, and you just sampled. Maybe you didn't know who it was by because it don't have the credits listed (sic)," he had added."

1 comment:

Tim said...

The comments over at the BoingBoingGadgets present a halfway decent debate over both sides of the issues, specifically the editor Rob Beschizza/s comment:

If Timabaland had just picked out a reasonable segment of the song and created something distinctively new with it, I'd be defending him.

But this example appears to be a large and successful organization exploiting an amateur without the slightest attempt at crafting something new from the source.