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  • Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc. (1991)
  • Really, though, the case is…
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan v. Biz Markie (1991)
  • This is the case that stopped rappers from “sampling” the music of other artists
  • It all started with a very bad decision.
  • Biz Markie wanted to use music that did not belong to him.
  • Biz Markie wanted to use music that did not belong to him. He had his lawyer send a letter to Gilbert O’Sullivan’s agent asking permission to use the music.
  • Biz Markie wanted to use music that did not belong to him. He had his lawyer send a letter to Gilbert O’Sullivan’s agent asking permission to use the music. Good decision !
  • Here’s the letter.
  • Here’s the letter. Good decision !
  • Biz Markie wanted to use music that did not belong to him. The lawyer even sent along a cassette tape of Biz Markie’s song that used O’Sullivan’s music. On 12-2-2011: http://www.unicor.gov/recycling/media_data.cfm
  • Before Gilbert O’Sullivan’s agent came to an agreement with Biz Markie’s lawyer…
  • Biz Markie released his album anyway! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OebqNsNRBtU
  • Biz Markie released his album anyway! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OebqNsNRBtU Bad decision !
  • Biz Markie released his album anyway! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OebqNsNRBtU Dude! What were you thinking?
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan’s company sued Biz Markie’s company
  • The case was heard in the Federal District court
  • (All copyright cases are heard in a Federal District court, not state courts)
  • There was no question that Biz Markie used the music of Gilbert O’Sullivan without permission.
  • The Biz Markie lawyers conceded that Biz Markie used the music of Gilbert O’Sullivan without permission.
  • Biz Markie defense?
  • Biz Markie defense? Um, we don’t think Grand Upright Music, Limited is the true copyright holder so they cannot be suing us.
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan had registered his copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan had then sold the copyright to Grand Upright, Limited
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan had then sold the copyright to Grand Upright, Limited Grand Upright had the paperwork
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan had then sold the copyright to Grand Upright, Limited Grand Upright had the paperwork And O’Sullivan testified that they were the true copyright owners.
  • Biz Markie was found liable for the tort of copyright infringement.
  • Biz Markie and Warner Brothers Records paid Gilbert O’Sullivan and Grand Upright a “substantial” amount of money.
  • The exact amount was undisclosed.
  • Would you like to hear the two songs? Yes No
  • Here’s part of Markie’s song… (Listen to the piano, not the words)
  • Alone Again (Listen to the piano, not the words)
  • Let’s hear part of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s song… (Listen to the piano, not the words)
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhQgta94IG8 (Listen to the piano, not the words)
  • Biz Markie again
  • Biz Markie
  • Biz Markie Now just the Alone Again, Naturally part
  • Biz Markie Now just the Alone Again, Naturally part
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan Now just the Alone Again, Naturally part
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan Now just the Alone Again, Naturally part
  • Would anyone like to hear both songs in their entirety?
  • Would anyone like to hear both songs in their entirety? (It doesn’t really matter. Markie already admitted he used O’Sullivan’s music)
  • Biz Markie Entire recording (about 3 minutes)
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhQgta94IG8 (about 2½ minutes)
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