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Apple, Inc., is being taken to court over its use of Jamie xx’s “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” in a televised commercial for the iphone 6.
So … which version of “Good Times” did Jamie xx sample?
Then again, there would be later reissues of The Persuasions’ album, Street Corner Symphony, which included “Good Times.”
It’s likely he doesn’t actually control rights to “Good Times.”
When the song, featured on Jamie xx’s Grammy-nominated album In Colors, was released in 2015, a small controversy arose over the allegation that the U.K. artist hadn’t licensed use of The Persuasions’ 1971 recording, “Good Times.”
Apple is being sued over a sample in a Jamie xx song in an iPhone commercial
Apple is being sued over a 2015 iphone 6 commercial featuring the Jamie xx song “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” The Hollywood Reporter reports.
The suit claims that six months after the commercial began airing, Lawson was contacted by Apple’s ad agency, Media Arts Lab.
The suit was filed yesterday in Los Angeles by Jerome Lawson, lead singer of The Persuasions, whose song “Good Times” is sampled in the Jamie xx track.
After Dastar repackaged and sold the series in 1995, Fox sued on the grounds that Dastar had violated federal trademark law.
In order for Lawson to win, a judge would have to determine that state law (like the Right of Privacy Law) overrides federal copyright law in this case.
Apple Sued Over Sample From Jamie xx Song Used in iPhone Ad
Reps for Apple and Jamie xx did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
In the suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Lawson contends the sample violates his right to publicity under California law, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, the singer later retracted his claim in an interview with Billboard, admitting, “I was told about it, but forgot.”
In 2015, Persuasions singer Jimmy Hayes alleged the group didn’t approve the vocal snippet from their 1972 single “Good Times,” which the xx member used on his Grammy-nominated solo debut, In Colour.
As THR notes, the case is further complicated by the blurry boundaries between state-based claims and federal copyright law.