South African Artist Daniel Baron Sues David Guetta Over Copyright Infringement

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Recently, a South African artist, Daniel Baron filed a lawsuit against David Guetta for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that Guetta copied elements of his 2016 single “Children of the Sun” without permission.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that the defendant released “Light Headed” with Sia in 2017 as a single from his album 7 which came out the following year.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant heard “Children of the Sun” on radio due to its popularity before playing Ultra South Africa in 2017.

During an interview of the plaintiff with the South African Radio show breakfast, Baron spoke on the background of the lawsuit while giving comparison between the two tracks.

“Guetta was playing at Ultra that year, so there is a high possibility that one of the other DJs played my song and he heard it. When I heard the song for the very first time, it was the craziest feeling ever. It was a mixture of shock, disbelief, and honor” – Baron said.

The plaintiff said that a formal letter about the situation was sent to the defendant in December 2018 to settle the issue privately but he got no feedback after several attempt even on his social media handles.

The formal letter asked Guetta to credit Baron and issue compensation for the use of his work.

Guetta’s label Warner Music and Guetta has not commented on the legal tiff as at press time.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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