On May 4, 2017, Golden Crown Publishing, LLC, the publishing company behind Freddie GZ’s song Turn Down for What, sued Lil Jon and DJ Snake in the Southern District of New York, alleging that their hit song by the same name infringes on Golden Crown’s copyright. The plaintiff is seeking monetary damages and a permanent injunction.
A copyright in a musical work protects original, creative expression based on the sheet music filed with the copyright office. In order to prove that the defendant infringed the work, the plaintiff must show “access” and “substantial similarity.” Access can be inferred if the plaintiff shows that the works are “strikingly similar,” achievable only by copying. Continue Reading