Federal judge launches claim of copyright against Josh Groban


Josh Groban playing live. (photo: Shein)

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit for violation of rights of author of the musician icelandic Jóhann Helgason against the individual who composed “You Raise Me Up”, which John Groban became popular in 2003.

In 2018, Jóhann Helgason, a singer and songwriter nationally-known Reykjavik, Iceland, filed a complaint alleging, in effect, that “You Raise Me Up” had been ripped off of “Söknuður”, that Helgason wrote it in 1977.

In an effort to present the case, Helgason hired Judith Finell, the musicologist who helped the legacy of Marvin Gaye, to ensure a verdict billionaire on the creators of “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, and released an English version of “Söknuður”. ” (Edgar Smári sang the cover; the original was written and performed in icelandic).

The initial version of “You Raise Me Up”, for its part, was composed by the singer-songwriter, Norwegian Rolf Løvland in 2002. (Released the song with his band of two parts, the Secret Garden). Countless artists have recorded their own versions. the track, which once more became prominent by Josh Groban in 2003.

U.s. district court judge André Birotte Jr. he disagreed with the report of Finell and, in turn, with the case itself. These reports do not describe principles and methodology reliable”, according to the presentation of Birotte Jr., what makes them “unreliable, useless and unacceptable”. The judge Birotte Jr. it also provided a dispute technical, point-by-point case and the alleged similarities between “You Raise Me Up” and “Söknuður”.

This dismissal of high-profile is the latest in a series of recent court decisions against artists and musicians who allege a violation of copyright. Last month, a federal judge reversed the verdict of infringement of copyright of $ 2.8 million that a jury had levied against Katy Perry; it Was said that a man of 35 years had borrowed from the rapper christian Flame when he created “Dark Horse”.

At the beginning of march, Digital Music News was the first to inform you that the demand for infringement of copyright, “7 Rings” Ariana Grande could be dismissed of the court. And in February, a judge ruled that the sample of Drake from “Jimmy Smith Rap” in “Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2” was a fair use.

To help the fans to overcome the crisis of the coronavirus, Josh Groban is accepting requests for songs on social networks; he’s going to sing (and record) the selected works in the shower.