Mark Ronson being sued over 'Uptown Funk' by Lastrada Entertainment
Mark Ronson is being sued over his smash hit "Uptown Funk" for a second time.
The case involves the company Lastrada Entertainment, a music publishing house which holds the copyright to Zapp's 1980 funk classic "More Bounce to the Ounce".
Lastrada is seeking damages of up to $150,000 (£112,000) per infringement, a permanent injunction against profiting from the alleged infringement and a jury trial on the matter.
"Uptown Funk" was released in 2014 and won Ronson two Grammys in 2016, including Record Of The Year. The same year, he and collaborator Bruno Mars were sued for copyright infringement by Minneapolis band Collage, who claimed their song was “an obvious, strikingly and/or substantially similar copy” of their 1983 single "Young Girls".
The new lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in NYC this week on Tuesday (Sept. 12) against Ronson, producer Jeff Bhasker, Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell, Vevo, Spotify, Apple and others.
A spokesperson for Ronson and RCA Records had no comment at time at press.
Troutman released the gold-selling "More Bounce" as a single from Zapp's debut album, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart in 1980. According to the suit, the song has been sampled more than 200 times by artists, including: Notorious B.I.G., Ice Cube, Public Enemy and T-Pain. Lastrada owns a 72.81% interest in the song.
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