The controversy between will.i.am and Anjunabeats artists Arty and Mat Zo over will.i.am’s alleged stealing of Rebound for one of his own tracks has been nothing short of a blame game up until this point. Arty has taken to both Facebook and Twitter to express his frustration with will.i.am, while the Interscope artist insists that it is the fault of his label’s legal department. This makes Anjunabeats, the label which Rebound is signed to, a major player in a murky situation. The mainstay EDM label has remained silent up until now, but just released a statement dictating their stance on the whole ordeal:
STATEMENT FROM ANJUNABEATS CONCERNING THE INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT ON THE WILL.I.AM TRACK “LET’S GO FEATURING CHRIS BROWN”
Anjunabeats is the record label behind Arty and Mat Zo and owns the master recording rights to their collaboration “Rebound.” Mat Zo and Arty have been important members of the Anjunabeats family for a number of years and “Rebound” was one of the label’s most popular releases in 2011.
As has been widely reported, a large section of “Rebound” was sampled on Will.i.am’s track “Let’s Go featuring Chris Brown” and this took place without the permission of Anjunabeats or Arty & Mat Zo.
Although Arty (but not Mat Zo) was credited in the sleeve notes, this is not the same as obtaining permission. To present someone else’s work as your own, you need to seek permission, agree terms and file paperwork, which has not happened in this case.
We’ve remained silent on this issue until now but as a record label it is our obligation to protect our artists’ interests and we felt it was necessary to respond to some of the inaccuracies that have been reported following Will.i.am’s recent comments to Associated Press.
It’ll be interesting to see not only how this plays out, but how it effects the careers of each party involved. Keep your eye on LT3 for future updates.