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Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars face Uptown Funk copyright fight again

Hot damn, we might need new lyrics to one of the biggest hits of the past few years, Uptown Funk. Instead of "called a police and a fireman" it's become a case of call a musicologist and a lawyer man.

For at least the second time, Uptown Funk songwriters Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have been threatened with a legal suit over alleged similarities between their worldwide smash and a 1980s song by Minneapolis band Collage.

Uptown Funk faces copyright lawsuit

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson are facing a copyright infringement lawsuit that claims their 2014 hit borrows heavily from the 1983 single Young Girls by funk group Collage.

Pitchfork and TMZ are reporting that Collage claim Ronson and Mars "deliberately and clearly" infringed the copyright their 1983 single, Young Girls.

In the legal claim from the estate of two of the writers of Young Girlsand the third, still living writer, the new song is said to have "copied" many elements including "consistent guitar riffs present throughout the compositions, virtually if not identical bass notes and sequence, rhythm, structure, crescendo of horns and synthesizers". These elements are such that "the compositions almost indistinguishable if played over each other and strikingly similar if played in consecutively".Possibly the line up of people claiming to have written <i>Uptown Funk</i> credited to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

If proved this claim might make for a very long songwriter credit on future releases of the song, which both Ronson and Mars have publicly acknowledged was inspired by the same funk/R&B scene of Minneapolis in the late 1970s and early '80s which also spawned Prince. To borrow from Uptown Funk, "don't believe me, just watch".

Another funk band of the '70s and '80s, The Gap Band, have already had their names listed as co-writers of the modern song after presumably making a convincing argument in 2015 that Uptown Funk's similarities to The Gap Band's Oops Up Side Your Head were not insignificant.

A third band of the period, The Sequence, earlier this year made a public claim that Uptown Funk was closer to their song Funk You Upthan was comfortable. To date though, The Sequence have not taken legal action, though someone near them by now may be suggesting, in the words of Australia's Cruel Sea, "better get a lawyer son, better get a real good one".

 

 

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