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Parodying lyrics: You say hustlin’, I say shufflin’, let’s call the whole thing offBy Oliver Watson, Oliver Fairhurst
A US judge in Florida has rejected a claim by rapper Rick Ross for copyright infringement. Ross is the rapper responsible for the hook “everyday I’m hustlin’” in his 2006 song Hustlin’. LMFAO are the dance-pop duo responsible for the hit Party Rock Anthem, which included the line “everyday I’m shufflin’”. Ross claimed that the use of LMFAO line infringed the copyright in his song and also objected to the use of the LMFAO line on merchandising. Interestingly, he also sued KIA for its use of the LMFAO song in a TV ad, which had used the LMFAO line as its grand finale, even though such use had properly been licensed from LMFAO’s music label.
Jackson ReformsBy Paula Barry
Lord Justice Jackson undertook a review of litigation procedure in 2009 with particular emphasis on the concerns expressed by the judiciary and others in relation to the high cost of litigation. This resulted in the publication of two reports (interim and final) in 2009/10, which made numerous recommendations proposing radical changes to litigation procedure. Many of the recommendations contained in the report have now been implemented.
Lewis Silkin advises StoryFirst on joint venture with Pinewood Group plcBy Paul Rajput
Lewis Silkin has advised StoryFirst PST Limited, the independent media investment company on its joint venture with leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry, Pinewood Group plc.