Music Mondays – Mark Ronson settles second “Uptown Funk” copyright infringement lawsuit

Mark Ronson has settled the lawsuit filed by Lastrada Entertainment regarding his and Bruno Mars 2014 hit, “Uptown Funk,” Fader reports.

The previous few years have brought a string of lawsuits regarding the funk song including a previously settled suit filed against Bruno and Ronson by 1980s soul-funk band Collage for copyright infringement., TMZ reports.

The second recently settled Lastrada filing also claims copyright infringement. According to Pitchfork, Lastrada Entertainment, who owns the copyright to the 1980 song “More Bounce to the Ounce” by Zapp, sought a permanent injunction preventing Ronson from performing the song (Bruno Mars was not named in the suit), damages and a jury trial.

In an interview with news.com.au, Ronson addressed Zapp’s creative influence, saying, “The Time and Roger Troutman and Zapp, we heard them a whole lot in our formative years. You can’t help hide those things that are your influence, but at the same time the goal is to do something new.”

The details of the Lastrada suit remain unclear, and a third action, filed by Sequence who claim the artist unlawfully plagiarized components of their song, “Funk You Up,” looms just over the horizon.

– Excerpt from an article written by Gina Lyle. Find the full article here

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