2nd Circ. Says Biggie's 'Party And Bullshit' Is Fair Use

By Bill Donahue (September 4, 2019, 12:54 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit on Wednesday rejected an infringement lawsuit filed over a snippet of spoken-word poetry sampled in Notorious B.I.G.'s 1993 hit "Party and Bullshit," ruling it protected by copyright law's fair use doctrine.

The ruling came in a suit filed by a spoken-word artist named Abiodun Oyewole over Biggie's use of the line "party and bullshit" from a recording of his 1968 "When the Revolution Comes," a poem about "violent revolution and African-American empowerment."

The lawsuit also named British pop star Rita Ora, who in turn sampled Biggie's song in her 2012 track "How We Do."

Oyewole had asked the...

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