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Olivia Rodrigo and her co-writer, Daniel Nigro, have retroactively given songwriting credits to artists they assert inspired parts of, or the essence of, their hit songs ‘good 4 u’ and ‘deja vu.’ The process of giving retroactive songwriting credit, in addition to a portion of royalties, has gained popularity over recent years. This may be a response to the rise of music copyright infringement lawsuits songwriters are facing, but it disincentives creativity, a main purpose of copyright law.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on September 27, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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