A New York Federal Judge has ruled in favor of the Notorious B.I.G. and Rita Ora, Both were within their legal rights to use the phrase “party and bullsh*t” in their music.
Jennifer Riordan lead the side on behalf of Biggie and Rita Ora.
“It aligns with most people’s understandings of how the law should work,” Riordan said. “No one should be able to own a phrase, especially if I am not using the phrase or words in the same way. You shouldn’t be prevented from saying ‘party and bullshit’ and phrases like it.
“gives clarity to future musicians and entertainers on what they can put out in their recordings, music, movies, YouTube or in their content.”
The lawsuit was filed by the Last Poets years ago. The group was angry that their phrase was used against their rights.
“The whole purposes of the copyright infringement is to promote innovation and allow people to express themselves,” Riordan said. “We are happy we are able to make a contribution to clarifying the law and to promoting creativity.”