Earlier this 12 months, singer Rick Astley filed a lawsuit towards Yung Gravy over the rapper’s 2022 single “Betty (Get Cash),” which interpolates Astley’s 1987 hit “By no means Gonna Give You Up.” Astley’s grievance alleged that Gravy impersonated his voice with out authorized authorization. Astley has now settled the lawsuit towards the rapper, MyNewsLA.com and Deadline report.
When reached by Pitchfork, representatives for Yung Gravy supplied no remark. Pitchfork has additionally emailed Astley’s representatives and lawyer, Richard S. Busch, for remark.
Within the lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles court docket in January, Astley and his authorized workforce claimed that, whereas Yung Gravy and his collaborators had the proper to make use of the track’s “underlying musical composition,” they didn’t have the proper to make use of Astley’s voice.
Gravy and producer Popnick labored within the studio to intently mimic Astley’s vocals on “By no means Gonna Give You Up,” which Astley’s workforce known as “unauthorized, intentional, theft of his voice for industrial functions.” Astley sued the rapper and his collaborators for violating his proper of publicity, false endorsement, unfair competitors, and extra.
Richard S. Busch notably represented Marvin Gaye’s household throughout a pivotal copyright infringement case towards Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. over the track “Blurred Strains.” The jury awarded the Gaye household $7.4 million on the finish of the dispute in 2015.
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