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.
Aini, Albert, "Olivia Rodrigo Retroactively Adding Songwriters: A Result of Bad Copyright Law?" (2021). AELJ Blog. 294.