Perez Hilton announced on his Twitter yesterday that the Black Eyed Peas are being sued by Freeland for unlicensed sampling of their song “Mancry.” Allegedly, “Mancry” is used pretty blatantly in the Black Eyed Peas song “Party All the Time” off of their new album The E.N.D (Energy Never Dies). I at first doubted Perez’s reporting; the guy obviously has it in for the Peas after the post MuchMusic Awards kerfuffle in Canada, but after listening to the songs back to back, I have to admit that the copyright infringement is pretty fucking obvious. Check it out for yourself.
For more info on copyright, sampling, fair use, and digital rights management, check out the documentary Good Copy, Bad Copy, a 2007 film on the subject, or UVA professor Siva Vaidhyanathan’s books (Copyrights & Copywrongs, The Anarchist in the Library, The Googlization of Everything). Follow Siva on Twitter here.