Mac Miller, a young American rapper, was sued by Lord Finesse for releasing a mixtape containing several bars from Finesse’s bestseller “Hip 2 Da Game”. “Hip 2 Da Game” was released in 1995 and contains a sample from an Oscar Peterson’s “Dream of You”. More of the story here: http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/legal-and-management/mac-miller-sued-by-lord-finesse-over-mixtape-1007559162.story
Miller’s remix in question, “Kool-Aid and Frozen Pizza” has received significant airplay on YouTube (1/2 million plays) and therefore significant revenue.
Oscar Peterson died a few years ago, (may he rest in peace), and so, is not present to comment on the happenings of late. But it seems reasonable that he would feel he deserved some compensation for the use of his chords too.
I have a very straightforward solution to this potentially explosive situation.
Secure/Calculate the YouTube earnings and split it three ways:
- 33% Oscar Peterson’s estate
- 33% Lord Finesse
- 33% Mac Miller
Furthermore, put that no. 1 hit on itunes, spotify and more, and make more money for the 3 very deserving participants.
If Miller, has a problem with paying 66% to Finesse and Peterson, he shouldn’t have used their material. If Finesse wants to collect more than 33% of the revenue, then he’s somewhat hypocritical.
This is a blatant promotion for a real service that we have developed: MixRights Remix Distribution. We’re tired of seeing artists and remix artists squabble over money, when they could make more by co-operating.
Can’t we all just get a long?