In the Spring of 2008, Tramar Lacel Dillard and William James Adams Jr. were exceptionally confident in the success of their latest musical venture. Atop the single “In the Ayer,” they proclaimed, “Oh hot damn, this is my jam. Keep me partying to the AM." In doing so, however, Dillard and Adams, known professionally as artists Flo Rida and will.i.am, set in motion a legal dispute that will likely have a profound impact on the music industry, and copyright infringement litigation at large. In the upcoming case Warner Chappell Music, Inc. v. Nealy, the Supreme Court is set to address the extent to which relief is available under the Copyright Act and the discovery accrual rule – a potential multi-million dollar determination.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on October 31, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Brody, Cameron, "Oh Hot Damn, This is How Flo Rida May Change Copyright Damages" (2023). AELJ Blog. 367.