Israel’s win in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is reportedly in jeopardy after a main US report company threatened to sue the composers of the Israeli entry over alleged copyright infringement.
Universal Music Studios, one of many world’s largest music firms, in latest weeks despatched a pre-suit discover letter Doron Medalie and Stav Beger, who collectively wrote the profitable track, Netta Barzilai’s Toy, saying it was copied from The White Stripe’s 2003 hit, Seven Nation Army.
If the declare is confirmed in court docket, it might disqualify Toy’s eligibility to take part in Eurovision and strip Israel of its win and internet hosting rights for the 2019 match, Hadashot TV reported.
Eurovision guidelines state that competing songs have to be authentic.
Many have noticed that each songs have a related baseline — as in the case of many different pairs of songs — however Universal’s attorneys have charged that the similarities in rhythm and concord represent copyright infringement.
In March, Haaretz author Ben Shalev wrote about Toy that “the music closely resembles ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes. Let’s hope Jack White doesn’t hear this song before the Eurovision Song Contest. He may sue.”
Medalie, who confirmed the information, will journey on Wednesday to the United States to try to resolve the “immense crisis,” the report added.
Universal officers are “very determined” in their calls for of Medalie and Beger, in line with sources quoted by Hadashot and stated to be near the affair.
They also stated that even when either side attain a settlement that may break up the copyrights for the track, the European Broadcasting Union might say the track isn’t authentic and thus ineligible to compete in the primary place.
Medalie responded to the report by saying he and Beger had been “surprised to receive such a letter and we are taking care of it. I believe the issue will be successfully resolved in the next few weeks to the satisfaction of all sides.”
The debacle is the most recent impediment to internet hosting subsequent 12 months’s competitors in Israel, after the Knesset on Monday unanimously handed laws reversing the deliberate division of the general public broadcaster into two separate entities — which might have stripped Israel of its internet hosting rights.