Today the Helsinki court made their decision public in the case between GRG and Timbaland. (GRG made a cover of an Amiga-song by Tempest, and the cover was then sampl.. eh, i mean.. used as inspiration by Timbaland in a song for Nelly Furtado, and so on)
GRG and his crew were making three claims: sampling, performance rights, producer rights. The court did however only consider one of these: the performance rights. According to them GRG’s cover was not unique enough to grant him any kind of authorship rights, so the case was basically lost. This meant that they didn’t have to consider whether the song was sampled or not. Maybe they are just not very good at remembering, since this was sort of the main deal with the case to start with. They are probably very stressed from work. More RAM for the courts!
I got this information from Chris Abbott, who was the expert witness in the court, and as he put it: “So, now it’s back to the court of appeal to get it straightened out, since this is an obvious legal error. So, nothing to see here, nothing to see…”
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