Jacquees vs Ella Mai - How to Legally Make Cover Songs

Jacquees vs Ella Mai - How to Legally Make Cover Songs

In case you missed the buzz on Twitter last week. The internet exploded when Jacquees’ cover of “Trip” by Ella Mai was removed from Soundcloud and Youtube. While the internet decided it was a hater move on the part of Ella Mai, her label made it clear it was business related and she had no say in the matter.

A better description is that it was a LEGAL matter. As T-Pain pointed out you CANNOT monetize material that does not belong to you. In simple words that is THEFT in legal terms it is copyright infringement.

So how do artists cover other people’s songs all the time and how was THIS different?

Follow the jump to find out!

MEDIA MENTION: Rolling Stone on #TimesUp for R. Kelly

MEDIA MENTION: Rolling Stone on #TimesUp for R. Kelly

I was mentioned by RollingStone.com after Times Up officially launched a campaign joining forces with the #MuteRKelly movement to demand industry action and consumer activism against the R&B singer who has yet to face repercussions despite decades worth of evidence and countless survivors including client Kitti Jones detailing the abuse, starvation, and sexual assault at the hands of Kelly. I am a proud member of Times Up and applaud their Women of Color working group for putting R Kelly at the top of their action list. 

Kelly's team responded to the campaign comparing the efforts to a public lynching of a black man of which Rollings Stone cover the opinion of myself, Ms. Jones, and others. Find out my thoughts and read the full article here:

CLIENT NEWS: Marcus Moore x Bloomberg News

CLIENT NEWS: Marcus Moore x Bloomberg News

Great feature for client Marcus T. Moore  in Bloomberg as a rising star of Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program or as Bloomberg calls it it's $500 Million Dollar Army! Marcus is President and CEO of Genesis Professional Staffing. So excited to be working with Marcus on some incredible entertainment opportunities coming down the pipeline for Genesis.

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MEDIA MENTION: Atlanta Business Chronicle Profile

MEDIA MENTION: Atlanta Business Chronicle Profile

 

I was recently profiled by Atlanta Business Chronicle and had a great opportunity to share my thoughts on management, law, how Ryan Leslie is innovating CRM, and some of my favorite places in Atlanta!

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COMMENTARY: 'At What Point Will We Value Black Women More Than Entertainment'

COMMENTARY:  'At What Point Will We Value Black Women More Than Entertainment'

Many thanks to Essence for allowing me to share my thoughts on the ongoing silencing of Black survivors of abuse. From the nasty comments posted in blogs about my client, Kitti Jones, and on others about Lupita Nyong'o, extending to the blind eye our sisters, aunts, nieces, and coworkers receive from authorities and family when reporting abuse.

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