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Nicki Minaj, Tracy Chapman and the future of music copyright law
Sep 14, 2020

Nicki Minaj, Tracy Chapman and the future of music copyright law

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TikTok wants to join forces with Oracle. Plus, an executive order aimed at lowering drug prices for Medicare. And, Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj in a case that could upend the way artists borrow from each other.

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Nicki Minaj-Tracy Chapman copyright battle sets stage for future of music recording

Sep 14, 2020
Is it fair use to copy someone's work in the beginning stages of musical experimentation?
Artists often create something with someone else’s work, and then run it by the original artist. That's what Nicki Minaj, pictured, did with Tracy Chapman's song "Baby Can I Hold You."
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The team

Victoria Craig Host, BBC
Stephen Ryan Senior Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Technical Director
Brian Allison Engineer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer