CEO Matt Pincus of Songs Music Publishing, the company responsible for the takedown of Bart Baker’s recent Lorde parody, spoke out on the situation we broke news of earlier today … by getting into a Twitter back-and-forth with Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos. Check out the contentious tweets below in order as they happened:
The key quote here is Pincus’ tweet that says: “it’s not this kid’s fault, he’s creative. But you all distributing this kind of content have to pay for music. Simple as that.” It’s clear that Pincus and Songs Music Publishing firmly believes that Bart Baker’s video is in violation of the law by using Lorde’s specific musical composition without a license, rather than being protected under fair use as a parody.
Regarding Pincus’ last tweet to Strompolos, he’s referring to the National Music Publishers Association’s suit against Fullscreen for allegedly using unlicensed music in their partners’ videos.
Songs Music Publishing won the rights to Lorde’s music catalog when they signed her to a $2.5 million deal last month after a lengthy bidding war with other publishers.
NMR has reached out to Songs Music Publishing for further comment and will update as developments occur.