Ed Sheeran and reggaeton might have more in common than you know: the artist and the genre have been the subject of battles over whether you can copyright a groove or a rhythm.
In our last episode before summer break, we unravel the recent Ed Sheeran copyright trial with our New York City reporter, Josh Russell, including Sheeran's snarky cross-examination, his courtroom concert and Van Morrison's unexpected blessing.
We also explore reggaeton's history and the legal dispute between Jamaican reggae production duo Steely & Clevie and several reggaeton musicians and producers over whether or not you can copyright dembow, heard in songs popularized by Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee.
- Brian McBrearty, forensic musicologist
- Fichero Frecuency, reggaeton musician
- Marc Ostrow, senior entertainment and copyright attorney at Romano Law
Sidebar tackles the top stories you need to know from the legal world. Join reporters Hillel Aron, Kirk McDaniel, Amanda Pampuro and Nina Pullano as they take you in and out of courtrooms in the U.S. and beyond and break down developments to help you understand how they affect your day-to-day life.
Editorial staff is Bill Dotinga, Sean Duffy and Jamie Ross.
For more from Josh:
- Estate of ‘Let’s Get It On’ writer loses Ed Sheeran copyright case
- Ed Sheeran strums suite of acoustic Van Morrison ballads for New York jurors
- Ed Sheeran all smiles at NYC trial opening on ‘Let’s Get It On’ copyright
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