Baauer accused for stealing 'Harlem Shake' samples, legal action launched
If you've got an Internet connection, you've more than likely seen a Harlem Shake video or two. If you've got a video camera and a fun loving class or a office collective, you've probably tried your hand at doing it yourself. After the college students' video went viral, Baauer's track became extremely popular. Not while ago we reported that trap single hit nr. 1 on iTunes charts, and discussed about Mad Decent's meme-inspiring abilities. Now, both Baauer as well as the imprint are in trouble, as they're being sued for copyright issues.
Hector 'El Father' Delgado has put a road-block to the seemingly unstoppable single. “Harlem Shake” was initially released for free through Mad Decent's sub imprint Jeferees over 12 months ago. But it was only a few months ago that it went viral.
'El Father', a reaggaetron artist, recognized his vocals and was sorely disappointed, commenting: "It’s almost like they came on my land and built a house”. Delgado's manager expressed a more firm grip on the matter, saying: "We can turn around and stop that song. That’s a clear breaking of intellectual property rights."
Recently, Sebastian wrote about sampling and came to the conclusion that there's nothing really wrong about it as long as you properly pay royalties and give credit to the original creators. Even if it is only a 5 second vocal clip that Bauuer sampled, it's still other people's work. And you should respect that by mentioning them, and considering the recent success of the track, giving Hector Delgado a piece of the pie.
Ironically, Bauuer and Mad Decent themselves have bickered with Pitbull as well as Azelia Banks, for writing their verses and putting out their own versions. Now, it seems it's time for Bauuer himself to face the music, no pun intended.
Do you think Delgado is exaggerating saying "It’s almost like they came on my land and built a house"? Or is he right, and Bauuer should issue a public apology and share the cash cow?
Listen to El Fathers track 'Les Terroristas' to hear the sample.
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