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Dua Lipa Confronts The Complicated Nature Of Music Copyright Law

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The two lawsuits against the hit song ‘Levitating’ reflect how the music copyright cases are not as straightforward or fair as they might appear

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In March of 2020, right at the beginning of the pandemic, English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa released her second studio album

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The disco dance-pop project garnered critical success with two Grammy nominations — one of which Lipa won — a Brit Award, deluxe and remixed versions

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One of the previously mentioned singles includes “Levitating,” an electro-disco track with a popular remix featuring rapper DaBaby

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Dua Lipa is a British citizen who lives and is from London, the two American acts filed complaints with American courts and judges

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This detail could seem small, but the legal systems in the U.S. and the UK differ greatly, and both lawsuits would not be handled in the same manner

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According to the U.S. Copyright Office’s official website, copyright infringement “occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced or made into a derivative work

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Materials considered to be copywritten are original or fixed intellectual properties that are protected