Mark Ronson has one of the hottest records of the decade on his hands, but now he’ll have to share his success with five other musicians. The writers of the Gap Band’s “Oops Up Side Your Head” filed a copyright claim back in February in regards to “Uptown Funk,” which also features Bruno Mars and a sample from Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything.” Instead of sending the claim to Ronson’s label or publisher, the publisher, Minder Music, filed the complaint with YouTube’s content management system.
The song is already credited to Ronson, Mars, Nicholas Williams (Trinidad James) and Devon Gallaspy as well as the song’s producers Jeff Bhasker and Philip Lawrence. Now, the Gap Band group members Ronnie Wilson, Charles Wilson and Robert Wilson, plus producers Rudolph Taylor and Lonnie Simmons have all been added to the credits, which now lists 11 artists in total. As a result, the “Oops” writers are said to be taking 17% of the profits for the song.
Trinidad James’s manager Danny Zook made a comment to Billboard about the situation. He said that the verdict from the “Blurred Lines” case has begun to take its effect on the music world. “Everyone is being a little more cautious. Nobody wants to be involved in a lawsuit,” he said. “Once a copyright dispute goes to a trial, it is subject to be decided by public opinion – and no longer resolved based entirely on copyright law.”
“Uptown Funk” has received plenty of commercial success since its release last December. The song topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 14 consecutive weeks and has sold over five millions copies in the US.