Decizzle fo’ Shizzle: Court Defines Words with “izzle” in Them

There was a lot of court activity today, but instead of focusing on these serious US decisions, I’m going to bring your attention to a rather silly decision from the fifty-first state:
The United Kingdom apparently has some stronger copyright moral rights protection than we do here in the US. I haven’t studied UK copyright law, but this case would never make it to trial in the US where our moral rights laws allow for protection of the artist’s name (for visual works only) and not much more. In the UK, however, a garage producer got to court by suing some MCs for spewing violent lyrics over the beats. This left the judge attempting to determine whether the lyrics were in fact violent. He was unclear as to the meaning of phrases like, “shizzle my nizzle”. Fo’ rizzle.
The garage scene does have a problem with violence, so I’m assuming the claim is not completely unfounded. Radio 1 did a documentary a couple years back.
An article is here.

3 thoughts on “Decizzle fo’ Shizzle: Court Defines Words with “izzle” in Them”

  1. Izzle , like in peace keeper mizzle? o.k. i’m looking for advice on songwriting. I write these songs with a melody in my head and i go to a one stop demo place and for a flat fee of one hundred daollars he arranges the song then we demo it(he puts guitar drums etc.in)i still own the song rights correct?in exchange for the legal info, check out my web page i have some great short stories you’ll enjoy as well as my lyrics. any ideas advice or suggestions are appreciated. right now my songs just ‘gather dust’.

  2. You’ve hit on some complicated issues, and I wouldn’t ethically be able to give you actual legal advice as a law student.
    A couple things to note though:
    Copyright protects works that are fixed in a tangible medium. Works that are exclusivly in your head are not protected.
    The “author” of a work holds the copyright, but the author can be an institution rather than an individual if the individual is an employee acting within the scope of his or her employment (that’s a complicated issue).
    It sounds to me that you and the producer are joint authors, but I’d have to know more about the situation.
    Finally, there’s a difference between rights in the song and rights in the recording. Be careful not to confuse the two.
    I’m speaking of US law by the way – I’m assuming that’s what you were asking about. If you’re somewhere else there are different rules.
    I’d suggest reading though the copyright act for more information: http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/

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