Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Black Eyed Peas sued

Black Eyed Peas are being sued by funk legend George Clinton, for allegedly using elements of his track '(Not Just) Knee Deep' without permission.
Great deals on musical instruments

Black Eyed Peas are being sued by funk legend George Clinton.

The singer and songwriter filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit in California over remixes of the band's 2003 song 'Shut Up', which he says uses elements of his track '(Not Just) Knee Deep'.

The musician claims he never signed a contact and has not agreed to any terms for using the sample - of a track from his group Funkadelic's 1979 album 'Uncle Jam Wants You' - with the Black Eyed Peas, and that even after being notified, the group - which consists of will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap - released another version of the song with samples of '(Not Just) Knee Deep' on the deluxe version of their album 'The E.N.D.'.

The lawsuit claims the remix has sold a reported 8.5 million copies on vinyl, digital formats and on DVD 'Love From Sydney to Vegas' and is seeking $150,000 per infringement and an injunction prohibiting further distribution of the song.

George further claims he only become aware of the sample after being contacted by a producer associated with the group and asked if they could clear the same song for use in 2009.

'(Not Just) Knee Deep' has previously been cleared for use by artists including De La Soul, LL Cool J, MC Hammer, Snoop Dogg, and 2Pac.

George recently said he prefers other contemporary artists over Black Eyed Peas, saying his favourites are Eminem and Rihanna.

He said: "I predicted they would be real big stars. Eminem has been able to redefine himself and I'm proud of that.

"When I first heard 'SOS' by Rihanna, I was raving about that song, and she came up to be twice as big and hasn't stopped since."

Posted on 14 Dec 2010 09:45 to category : Music News

Related Music News

thumbnail

With an increased quality of specifications right across the board, Apple's eponymous 'iPad' will host a whole generous selection of great new features.

22 Mar 2017 15:09
thumbnail

Supported by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and many more, Fanfair Alliances new educational guide is available for free download online.

21 Mar 2017 15:25
thumbnail

Aiming to provide equal educational opportunities for children across the U.K, NYMAZ outline the importance of technology in today's learning environment.

10 Mar 2017 12:22
thumbnail

Suffering from a shortage of funds in recent years, the Welsh educational system has experienced a slump in students who are expressing interest in music.

14 Feb 2017 13:19
thumbnail

Suffering an undisclosed illness, Hetfield takes things slow until his return to Denmark in September where he will "do their best to make it up to everyone".

6 Feb 2017 15:27
thumbnail

The band return to the studio to "make a bunch of racket" in a prelude to writing material for their next project. Recently interviewed bassist Mike Inez gives the lowdown.

27 Jan 2017 16:06

Recent Music News

thumbnail

Also available are sE Electronic's Brand New X1 S Vocal Pack and X1 S Studio Bundle, helping you attain that studio grade sound without breaking a sweat.

29 Mar 2017 13:08
thumbnail

With a slew of new reinterpretations and familiar faces to boot,KORG unveil the latest releases for this years Musikmesse in Frankfurt Germany.

29 Mar 2017 05:10
thumbnail

Delivered by Choreographer and Theater Director Arlene Phillips, The Bacc For the Future campaign has acquired support of over 100 hundred influential figures

28 Mar 2017 12:28
thumbnail

Melding tradition with modern manufacturing techniques, Tanglewood's Sundance Performance Pro Series offer the player unique tone with a distinctive personality.

27 Mar 2017 13:24
thumbnail

In a three week celebration extravaganza, the city of Liverpool will be paying testament to the legendary Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

24 Mar 2017 14:48
thumbnail

On the 22nd of April, Pink Floyd will be releasing an unheard version of the iconic classic 'Interstellar Overdrive' in celebration of world record day

23 Mar 2017 15:29