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Vanilla Ice VS. David Bowie/Freddie Mercury

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Jessica Rechtman

on 15 August 2013

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Vanilla Ice VS. David Bowie/Freddie Mercury
Overview

In 1990 Vanilla Ice came out with a new album called, "To The Extreme", that included the number one hit "Ice, Ice, Baby". However it was later discovered that Vanilla Ice had used Queen's music track to their song "Under Pressure" without giving the band any credit. This cause David Bowie and lead singer Freddie Mercury to sue Vanilla Ice for copyright.
Arguments
Case Winner
Due to the fact that Vanilla admitted that he took the song without permission the case never officially went to court. Instead, Vanilla had to credit David Bowie and the members of Queens from then on, including paying them for the song's success.
Money Involved
Vanilla Ice had also sang a cover to Wild Cherry's song "Play That Funky Music" without permission from him and was sued for the lack of credits. He was forced to pay approximately $500,000.

Both songs were number one hits.
The song boosted the sales of the album which went over to sell over 7 million copies. These songs were also used for holiday commercials for The Gap.
Interesting Facts
David Bowie and the members of Queen were upset when they heard the almost identical guitar rift in Vanilla Ice's top hit song "Ice, Ice, Baby".
Vanilla Ice claimed he took their melody, but altered it to make it original. After so many weeks he finally admitted he took their song.
Works Cited
http://blogs.bgsu.edu/journalismlaw/2011/11/21/vanilla-ice-under-pressure/

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1414
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