Discussing copyright infringements in class earlier this week made me think more and more about the issue. I started searching online and I came over the case about Vanilla Ice versus David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, which I found pretty funny and ironic.
I’m sure many of you have heard Vanilla Ice’s song “Ice Ice Baby” from 1990, and how the intro is exactly like Bowie’s and Mercery’s “Under pressure“. Vanilla Ice’s song was sampled but not credited under Bowie’s and Queen’s creation, so, the duo decided to sue Vanilla for copying their song. Vanilla claimed that he in fact had made small changes to the intro, and therefore, it was his own work. However, he quickly realized that this statement wouldn’t last in court. Vanilla was facing a lawsuit by the duo, so he confessed later that he did, in fact, sample the work. Since this song came to be the most popular song on Vanilla’s record “To the Extreme” he realized that he couldn’t afford to lose it. The case was later settled privately between the two counterparts trough Vanilla paying a unknown sum of money to the duo, and he also credited the two on his track.
This case wasn’t as severe as it might have became if Vanilla didn’t confess to his mistake in time. However, I just think it is funny that he tried to claim that his intro was different from Bowie/Queens’ when it is clear where he got it from.