2Point9 Records bring copyright infringement claim against Ministry of Sound Recordings

Russells is acting for independent record label, 2Point9 Records, in a copyright infringement claim against Ministry of Sound Recordings.

The High Court claim concerns 2Point9’s recording “Ride It”, first released in 2008 featuring Jay Sean. 2Point9 assert that in 2019 Ministry of Sound Recordings released a remixed version of the track by Dardan Aliu aka DJ Regard, which substantially sampled 2Point9’s original track, despite Ministry of Sound Recordings being on notice that its remix featured a sample from their track and that it had not been cleared.

Ministry of Sound Recordings later created a new version of the remix using a re-recording of the sample but attributed the same ISRC Code as had previously been used for the infringing version. The claim is in its infancy but raises interesting quantum (as opposed to liability) issues in circumstances where two recordings having the same ISRC Code makes it difficult (if not impossible) to track the extent of the infringement.

The claim has been widely reported on, including by Billboard,  Music Week, and Music Business Worldwide.

The litigation is being run by Steven Tregear (partner) and Harriet Parratt (solicitor).