South African artist Daniel Baron has filed a legal suit against David Guetta for copyright infringement, alleging that Guetta copied elements of his 2016 single, “Children of The Sun.”
Guetta released “Light Headed” with Sia in 2017 as a single from his album 7 which came out the following year. Baron alleges that, when Guetta played Ultra South Africa in 2017, it’s likely that he heard “Children Of The Sun” on the radio, during the height of its popularity.
Baron went onto the the South African radio show Breakfast with Martin Bester to speak about the situation and offer up some background to the lawsuit — it didn’t just come out of nowhere. The beginning of the interview includes a comparison between the two tracks — so judge for yourself.
Baron says in the interview:
“Guetta was playing at Ultra that year, so there is a high possibility that one of the other DJs played my song and he heart it. When I heard the song for the very first time, it was the craziest feeling ever. It was a mixture of shock, disbelief, and honor.”
He explains that he preferred to handle the situation privately at first, sending Guetta a formal legal letter about the situation in December 2018. When he didn’t hear back, he and his team started sending it to anyone who might get it in Guetta’s hands, even on his social media.
The letter asks Guetta to credit Baron and issue compensation for the use of his work.
Digital Music News writes, “Guetta’s label Warner Music has not commented on the legal tiff. Guetta also hasn’t acknowledged the dispute at all on social media.”
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