NME Festival blog: Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars settle one of three ‘Uptown Funk’ lawsuits


One of three lawsuits filed against Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ ‘Uptown Funk’ has been settled.

In 2016, Ronson and Mars were sued for copyright infringement by Minneapolis funk band Collage, who claimed the pair’s 2014 track was “an obvious, strikingly and/or substantially similar copy” of their 1983 single ‘Young Girls’ (hear both tracks below).

TMZ now reports that both sides have agreed to drop the case permanently and that it isn’t known whether there was any financial settlement involved.

Two other lawsuits remain open against ‘Uptown Funk’.

70s hip hop trio The Sequence are suing the pair, arguing that the track is too similar to their 1979 song ‘Funk You Up’. The trio claim that Ronson and Mars’ track has “significant and substantially similar compositional elements” to theirs and are asking for a jury trial and an unspecified sum of money.

Meanwhile, Lastrada Entertainment, who own the rights to Roger and Zapp’s 1980 song ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’, have filed a lawsuit against Ronson, claiming he copied their track.

Bruno Mars recently came under fire from critics accusing him of cultural appropriation. Mars was the subject of heated online discussion last month after writer Seren Sensei accused the star of appropriating black music.

Stevie Wonder later defended Mars against the claims, telling TMZ: “Here’s the thing, God created music for all of us to enjoy. So we cannot limit ourselves by people’s fears and insecurities.”

“He’s a great talent, so all the other stuff is just bullshit,” Wonder added. “He was inspired by great musicians and great artists and songwriters. So that’s good.”



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