You've probably heard about Play-N-Skillz' new
musical masterpiece, "Literally I Can't", featuring
Redfoo and others.
If not, you can watch the video clip here.
It's truly awful – not only for lack of musicality, but
its lyrical content is just offensive.
However, one good story may come out of this unfortunate trash,
because it has been alleged that the writers 'ripped off'
someone else's copyright protected work.
The second verse of Play'n'Skillz' track contains a
nauseatingly long set of repetitions of this line:
Literally (ew) I can't
Wait a sec. What about the Vine called "White Girl
Anthem" by Juliet which was published in April of this year?
(OMG you don't know what Vine is? It's an app which allows
users to create and upload 6 second videos that continuously loop.
The kids love it.) Juliet's Vine is a video of a girl beat
boxing and two girls (one of them being Juliet) dancing and
"Literally (ew) I can't (ew)" x 3
You can see it here
- it's been looped over 14 million times.
Juliet's Vine comprises a film, musical work and potentially
a literary work. These works are protected by copyright, and
therefore cannot be reproduced without her consent.
The test for copyright infringement is whether or not a
'substantial part' of the original work has been reproduced
in the allegedly infringing work.
We think there is considerable similarity between Juliet's
work and the refrain in Play-NSkillz' song; the drum pattern,
combined with the phrasing of the words is identical. You can hear
it from 0:50 – 1:01 and 2:09 – 2:16 in
Given the entire Vine is arguably reproduced in those parts,
we'd say it's substantial.
Since apparently they didn't seek permission from Juliet
(she accuses them of ripping her off - see here), Play-N-Skillz may
have a case to answer.
For humanity's sake, Juliet, can you please do your best to
get this thing removed from the world? Erasing it from our memories
will be harder.
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