A New Orleans jazz musician lost his four-year sampling battle with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion Tuesday (Sept. 22) ruling that the famous hip hop duo did not infringe on his songs.
Paul Batiste sued the hip-hop duo in New Orleans in 2017, alleging the group copied eleven of his songs. Batiste, a local jazz musician, filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement, accusing them of digitally sampling his songs without permission. Batiste said that the group used brief snippets of his copyrighted sound recordings in five of their songs, "Thrift Shop," "Can't Hold Us," "Same Love," "Neon Cathedral" and "Need to Know," according to court documents.
The lower court disagreed, finding Batiste failed to demonstrate that the group had "access to his music or that their songs were strikingly similar to his," according to court documents. The court also ordered both Batiste and his attorney to pay Macklemore's attorney fees. Batiste appealed the ruling to the Fifth Circuit.