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Report: Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Sued over “Uptown Funk”

Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImageIt’s starting to feel like old-school groups suing modern acts for  alleged copyright infringement is turning into a cottage industry.  The latest: the early 80s funk band Collage is reportedly suing Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, claiming their monster hit “Uptown Funk” is a rip-off of the 1983 Collage electro-funk song “Young Girls.”

First reported by TMZ, Pitchfork quotes part of the complaint itself, which declares, in part, “many of the main instrumental attributes and themes of ‘Uptown Funk’ are deliberately and clearly copied from ‘Young Girls,’ including, but not limited to, the distinct funky specifically noted and timed consistent guitar riffs present throughout the compositions, virtually if not identical bass notes and sequence, rhythm, structure, crescendo of horns and synthesizers rendering the compositions almost indistinguishable if played over each other and strikingly similar if played in consecutively.”

Larry White is reportedly the only Collage member still living, though two other members’ estates are also said to be listed as plaintiffs.  They’re seeking unspecified damages, including part of the profits from “Uptown Funk.”

Both “Young Girls” and “Uptown Funk” are posted on YouTube -- listen for yourself and make your own determination.

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