WATCH: Fetty Wap's getting sued for "Trap Queen," but no matter what the verdict is, frivolous plagiarism laws are ruining the music industry.
Claiming he owns the beat used in the quadruple-platinum hit, a Danish musician named Lazar Lakic filed a lawsuit against Fetty late last month. And Fetty's just the latest to face a legal battle over who owns what in the music industry. ("Trap Queen" music video contains some content NSFW.)
In August, 212 artists challenged a ruling that claimed Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" ripped off Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up," resulting in a $5.3 million fine. These industry experts think Thicke's hit is just an homage and/or get that anyone recording a soul song can be sued for the same reason.
Even Led Zeppelin had to endure a legal battle to fight claims that the iconic intro to "Stairway to Heaven" was plagiarized from Spirit's 1968 song "Taurus." While there is a resemblance, Led Zeppelin ultimately won the case in June.
Unless it's something as blatant as Vanilla Ice's permission-less rip off of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure," we'd prefer artists have the freedom to be inspired by previous songs record music without fear of a lawsuit.