RCA/Sony Sued for Illegal Profiting off Artist’s Work

By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
February 27, 2012

A copyright lawsuit against RCA Records, Inc., Sony Music Entertainment was filed last Friday for the illegal profiting off a visual artist’s work in the “I Only Want to Give It To You” music video of Elle Varner and J. Cole. Brooklyn-based Maya Hayuk’s case against the music label noted that her painting “Sunshine” was featured prominently in the video without her permission. This particular piece was stated to have been created for another RCA signed group Rye Rye’s “Sunshine” hit, in which the effervescent MIA contributed the unique vocals recognized in her hard to classify dance pop hip-hop solo music career.

Ms. Hayuk’s lawsuit reads that the artist’s original artwork featured in the video “adds greatly to its mise-en-scene,” according to AllHipHop’s findings,  and she is seeking an injunction from further reproduction or display of the video, as well as impoundment and destruction of all existing copies. Reviewing the aesthetics of the work, one could argue that the bombastic colors of her piece is much better suited to MIA’s artistic flamboyance.

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