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George Clinton Wins Landmark Court Battle Over "Bow Wow Wow, Yippie Yo Yippie Yea"

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Guess Snoop Dogg will have to make up yet another language to avoid copyright infringement on his next album...

Whether or not you believe George Clinton was actually the first (along with two fellow songwriters) to pen the phrase in 1982's "Atomic Dog" may be another story altogether. No matter what your feelings on the matter, we wouldn't suggest using the phrase in your lead single anytime soon, or you will probably be paying Bridgeport Music a large sum of money. The suit was filed against Universal Music Group for their group, Public Announcement, using the phrase in their 1998 release "D.O.G. In Me" that a panel of federal judges ruled to be in violation of Clinton's copyright. On the bright side, it did remind people that Public Announcement existed.

In semi-related news, this can't help but be viewed as a missed opportunity for Young Jeezy to have copyrighted his adlibs some four years ago when Trap Or Die came out. With all that money on the side, the trappin' probably wouldn't even be all that necessary anymore. (Via: Daily Swarm)

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George Clinton Wins Landmark Court Battle Over "Bow Wow Wow, Yippie Yo Yippie Yea"