Flourgon settlement a win for copyright – JaRIA

Recent news that dancehall artiste Flourgon and his legal team have reached a settlement in their US$300-million lawsuit against international pop star Miley Cyrus has understandably stirred applause and congratulations throughout the dancehall and reggae music community. From the fans’ perspective, dancehall music has prevailed. But to add caution to the moment, celebrants should heed the fact that the details of the settlement have not been made public, perhaps because the real prize is not a big fat pay cheque. From chairman of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, entertainment lawyer Ewan Simpson’s perspective, the settlement between Flourgon and Cyrus (Sony Music Entertainment) makes the point that copyright is alive and well.

“Globally, there is no formal process of registration that is necessary for lyrics, even for copyright protection in general. If you have published the work and you’re credited as the writer of the work, it stands in the public space as being credited to you as the writer.

“Somebody would have to come and displace that,” Simpson told The Gleaner.

In 2018, Stephen Drummond and JoAnn Squillace of the law firm Drummond and Squillace were accompanied by Willie E. Gary, Loreal McDonald, and Larry Strauss of Gary, Williams, Parenti Watson & Gary, and Carol Green von Kaul, to a Gleaner Editors’ Forum, where they presented an argument that Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop ( “we run things, things don’t run we”) displaced, or misappropriated Flourgon’s lyrics ( “we run things, things no run we”) – which they claim he ‘coined’ as early as age 16. He is now 54.

During the forum, Squillace explained: “You can steal the actual lyrics, which is what we’re claiming here. You can steal melody, and you can actually steal the instrumental musical notes.”

If used with permission, the process is called sampling. “That is not what happened with the Flourgon case. [Miley Cyrus] used his lyrics,” Simpson said.

nnect with Jamcopy To avoid needing a forum of lawyers to defend intellectual property and copyright disputes, Simpson recommends connecting with JAMCOPY, the agency that protects literary works, including lyrics.

He shared: “It would be useful to talk to the Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) and do a registration of the lyrics there. If I have written some lyrics and give it to an artiste to make a song, legally, I am a co-author of the song. I would need to ensure that I am credited on the publishing of that song as co-author.

And if that song is sampled, or the lyrics are used or any part of the song is used, I have equal rights to the other writer.”

Another place is the National Library. “That would create an objective record that you did create these lyrics. That can stand if you need to bring an action sometime later.”

Meanwhile, reports are that Flourgon has been inundated with phone calls from people assuming they are now acquainted with a multimillionaire. “Even if we know what the total settlement figure is, we still don’t know what Flourgon is getting. The settlement could be anywhere between US$300 million to US$1. The details of the settlement have not been made public, and it’s not useful for us to speculate. I don’t think it helps the conversation in any way to try and speculate on what he is getting. What we know is that it was a suit for US$300 million, and that at the end of the day the suit was settled,” Simpson said. source : http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20200108/flourgon-settlement-win-copyright-jaria

Netflix Leads All Nominees For NAACP Image Awards

Netflix will make its presence felt at next month’s 51st NAACP Image Awards.

The streaming giant on Thursday emerged with a leading 42 nominations, including for Ava DuVernay’s limited series “Whey They See Us” and the Eddie Murphy-led film “Dolemite is My Name.” Thirty of Netflix’s nominations came in television categories and the rest were for its film releases.

“When They See Us” was a four-part series chronicling the true story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were coerced into confessing to a rape they didn’t commit in 1989. The story follows their plight over a 25-year span until their eventual exoneration.

The nominees were announced by Marsai Martin, Tichina Arnold, Erica Campbell and Trevor Jackson.

The 15-year-old Martin scored four nominations for her role in the ABC television series “black-ish” and the film “Little,” which made her the youngest executive producer ever.

Lizzo continues her breakthrough dominance with six nominations through her musical success including her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You.” The singer-rapper will compete for entertainer of year against Regina King, Billy Porter, Angela Bassett and Tyler Perry.

Arnold shouted “We love you girl” after announcing Martin in two categories. She then gave loud cheer after revealing that King is up for entertainer of the year, saying “Yeah, I’m biased.”

“Dolemite is My Name” will compete for best motion picture along with “Harriet,” “Just Mercy” “Queen & Slim” and “Us.” Alfre Woodard, Cynthia Erivo, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lupita Nyong’o and Naomie Harris will vie for the best film actress honor.

Murphy will compete against Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Winston Duke and Daniel Kaluuya.

Murphy starred in his passion project as Rudy Ray Moore in “Dolemite is My Name.” The film followed Moore’s famous character of Dolemite, known for being a shoot-from-hip talking, kung fu-fighting pimp, along with his stand-up act and the grassroots success of his 1975 Blaxploitation classic “Dolemite.”

Jordan Peele’s “Us” and “Queen & Us” helped Universal Picture earn the most nominations in the film categories with 15.

The awards honoring entertainers and writers of color will be held Feb. 22 in Pasadena, California. The show will be televised for the first time on BET.source :https://blackamericaweb.com/2020/01/09/netflix-leads-all-nominees-for-naacp-image-awards/

Nick Gordon reportedly survived an overdose before he died

Nick Gordon, who was most famous for his relationship with the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, died on Jan. 1 of a suspected overdose in Florida. He was 30 years old.

According to The Jasmine Brand, Gordon reportedly survived a prior overdose weeks before his passing. Apparently, Gordon suffered an overdose in early December. The 30-year-old was able to be revived by a family member who reportedly gave him Narcan – an opioid remedy that helps to jumpstart the heart.

Nick Gordon, former boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina, dead at 30
Gordon’s brother, Jack Walker Jr., confirmed the news of his death to PEOPLE magazine. “We are devastated by the loss of my beautiful brother,” Walker Jr. shared in a statement. “He leaves a void in the hearts of my family and his friends. Nick’s battle in life was not an easy one. I will be forever grateful that my God afforded a small moment at the very end of Nick’s life, and I was able to hold his hand as he journeyed on.”

Gordon’s lawyer, Joe S. Habachy, also spoke of his death. He said, “While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed first hand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends, all of whom were loved and had immense potential.”
Nick Gordon’s 911 dispatch audio released
“Despite all of the incredible challenges Nick faced over the last few years, I can honestly say that he worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober and that he genuinely wanted a happy healthy life with his family more than anything else,” the lawyer continued. “My heart goes out to the family and friends Nick leaves behind and to any other families dealing with the losses and heartache caused by drugs.”

Insiders told The Daily Mail that Gordon suffered several heart attacks on New Year’s Day. He was transported to ICU at Altamonte Springs Hospital, where he passed away.source : https://www.revolt.tv/news/2020/1/5/21050588/nick-gordon-survived-overdose-before-death

Serie A uses monkeys in anti-racism posters

Serie A has used images of monkeys in an anti-racism campaign less than three weeks after its clubs pledged to combat Italian football’s “serious problem”.

The ‘No To Racism’ posters show three monkeys with painted faces and will be shown at Serie A headquarters in Milan.

“Once again Italian football leaves the world speechless. It’s difficult to see what Serie A was thinking,” said anti-discriminatory body Fare.

Artist Simone Fugazzotto, defended his creation, saying “we are all monkeys”.

Fugazzotto, who always uses monkeys in his work, added: “For an artist there is nothing more important than trying to change the perception of things through his own work.

“I decided to portray monkeys to talk about racism because they are the metaphor for human beings. Last year I was at the stadium to see Inter v Napoli [a match in which Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused] and I felt humiliated, everyone was shouting ‘monkey’ at Koulibaly, a player I respect.

“I’ve always been painting monkeys for five to six years, so I thought I’d make this work to teach that we’re all apes, I made the western monkey with blue and white eyes, the Asian monkey with almond-shaped eyes and the black monkey positioned in the centre, where everything comes from. The monkey becomes the spark to teach everyone that there is no difference, there is no man or monkey, we are all alike. If anything we are all monkeys.”

However, Fare said: “In a country in which the authorities fail to deal with racism week after week, Serie A have launched a campaign that looks like a sick joke.

“These creations are an outrage; they will be counter-productive and continue the dehumanisation of people of African heritage.

“It is time for the progressive clubs in the league to make their voice heard.”

Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out added: “Serie A’s use of monkeys in their anti-racism campaign is completely inappropriate, undermines any positive intent and will be counter-productive.

“We hope that the league reviews and replaces their campaign graphics.”

In November, Brescia’s Mario Balotelli called fans who shouted racist abuse at him “small-minded” and “imbeciles”.

Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku said the abuse he suffered in September, when Cagliari fans made monkey noises after the Belgian scored a penalty against their team, showed the game was “going backwards”.

The Sardinian club were later cleared of racist chanting, leading the head of anti-discriminatory body Fare to say that Italian football authorities and their disciplinary systems to combat racism were “not fit for purpose”.


Earlier this month Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport was criticised for the headline ‘Black Friday’ alongside images of Roma defender Chris Smalling and Inter striker Lukaku prior to a match between the sides.

European football expert James Horncastle criticised Serie A for the posters.

“Question for the league is how they can’t see what a loaded and misguided collaboration this is for an anti-racism initiative,” he said.

“If you wondered why a select group of Serie A clubs are taking anti-racism into their own hands, faith in the league is sub-zero.”

Serie A chief executive Luigi de Siervo said: “The League’s commitment against all forms of prejudice is strong and concrete, we know that racism is an endemic and very complex problem, which we will tackle on three different levels; the cultural one, through works like that of Simone; the sporting one, with a series of initiatives together with clubs and players, and the repressive one, thanks to collaboration with the police.” SOURCE : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50814275

JAY-Z snatches man’s phone after he tries to film Beyonce dancing

JAY-Z got protective over his wife Beyonce as she let loose on the dancefloor at Bad Boy Records founder Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ belated 50th birthday party on Saturday.

The couple were among the star-studded guests helping their pal celebrate his big day at his Los Angeles mansion and Jay-Z wanted to make sure their private night out stayed that way.

In footage filmed by a guest at the bash, the 38-year-old Formation hitmaker can be seen getting down to Bobby Brown’s classic hit Every Little Step alongside her pals Kelly Rowland and rapper Saweetie, while her beau was spotted enjoying himself nearby.

However, the rapper soon sprung to action when he caught a male guest standing right next to Beyonce with his phone out, seemingly trying to film the singer.

In a second clip, the Big Pimpin’ rapper is seen snatching the phone out of the partygoer’s hand – however, he appeared to return it swiftly after warning the reveller against recording his wife again.

The incident didn’t seem to faze Beyonce, though, as the Run The World (Girls) singer seemed carefree as she continued to dance the night away.

The big night also saw Jay-Z reunite with frequent collaborator Kanye West, three years after the Power hitmaker called out JAY-Z and Beyonce onstage for skipping his 2014 wedding to Kim Kardashian. SOURCE: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/celebrity/jay-z-snatches-mans-phone-after-he-tries-to-film-beyonce-dancing/ar-BBY3z1f?li=AAnZ9Ug&ocid=mailsignout#image=1