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In this article, Luke Hill, intellectual property lawyer at Marks & Clerk, examines some recent copyright cases, to explain how the law is developing and assess the implications for artists and rights holders.


  • Disputes concerning rights to a song tend to fall into two camps: writers arguing over the authorship of a song, or a writer claiming that a new song is a copy of their preexisting song.
  • There have been numerous cases involving both types of claim over the years, but recently a spate of very high-profile and public wrangles have focused on the latter type, so we will concentrate on these.

Features and Benefits

  • Details recent copyright cases in Europe and the US, assessing how the law is developing and how it will impact artists and rights holders.
  • Cases examined include claims brought against Pharrell Williams, Led Zeppelin, and Ed Sheeran.

Key questions answered

  • What has caused recent changes in the rules on music sampling?
  • What are the implications for rights holders?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Whose tune is it anyway?
  • Changes in the rules governing sampling
  • Implications for rights holders

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