Jonathan Pink Wins Legal Fees Ruling for Black Eyed Peas

Adjunct intellectual property Professor Jonathan Pink served as lead counsel for The Black Eyed Peas in successfully defending against a copyright claim earlier this year. On July 28, California federal judge Josephine Stanton ordered the plaintiff to pay Professor Pink’s client, the band, along with its artistic collaborators, a combined $2.5 million in legal fees and costs, finding that The Black Eyed Peas did not steal the “guitar twang” melody in “I Gotta Feeling” from a 1990s dance track, and awarding defendants the expenses of fighting the claim and appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

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