Artists go after ‘Harlem Shake’ for unlicensed samples

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The infectiousness of the Harlem Shake meme has turned Baauer’s pounding dance track into a surprise hit, perhaps most surprising for the two artists that found out their voices were on the song. The New York Times reports that neither Reggaetón artist Hector “El Father” Delgado or Philadelphia MC Jayson Musson gave permission for their performances to be used on the song, which premiered on dance label Mad Decent’s non-exclusive imprint Jeffrees — never intended to be an international hit. That kind of obscurity gives sample-based productions like Harlem Shake protection from copyright owners, but with over 800,000 digital downloads, there’s now real money at stake. Delgado’s former manager Javier Gómez tells The Times, “we…

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