Cyndi Lauper Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over ‘Kinky Boots’

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The music industry is no stranger to copyright infringement lawsuits, and the latest one to make headlines is the case filed by songwriter Benny Mardones against Cyndi Lauper. Mardones and his writing partner Robert Tepper accused Lauper of using parts of their song “Into the Night” in the finale of her musical, Kinky Boots. The lawsuit has been in the news for a while, but now it seems that the parties have finally reached a settlement.

According to a letter filed by Mardones’ lawyer in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, all parties have agreed in principle to settle the case. The letter requested U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero for thirty days to reach a final settlement. The final terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the letter.

The lawsuit alleged that Lauper had copied the theme of “Into the Night,” a Billboard Top 20 song in 1980 and 1989, for the finale of Kinky Boots. Mardones and Tepper also claimed that the lyrics between “Into the Night” and Lauper’s song “Raise You Up” were very similar. Lauper initially denied any copyright infringement, but the case continued.

Kinky Boots is a musical that tells the story of a British shoe factory owner who partners with a drag queen to save his business. The show was a huge success and won six Tony Awards in 2013, including the award for Best Original Score. Lauper became the first woman to win the award by herself.

Lauper has not commented on the settlement, and her lawyers did not respond to requests for comment. Mardones’ lawyer declined to offer a comment on the suit.

The music industry has been hit with several copyright infringement lawsuits in recent times. Earlier this month, Katy Perry, Capitol Records, and associated producers/songwriters Dr. Luke and Max Martin were fined $2.78 million for infringing “Dark Horse,” a 2013 hit. The defendants have vowed to appeal the decision. In another case, Old Spice was sued over their whistle theme. The industry is also awaiting the outcome of a threatened lawsuit against Lady Gaga for her recent hit, “Shallow.”

Apart from copyright infringement cases, the industry is also grappling with other legal issues. Alf Clausen, the longtime composer of The Simpsons, is suing his former bosses for discrimination after he was fired. Bobby Brown’s lawsuit against the BBC and Showtime has also been dismissed.

Cyndi Lauper is a well-known singer, songwriter, and actress who has been in the music industry for over four decades. She has won numerous awards, including Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards, and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Lauper is also a prominent LGBT rights supporter and has campaigned for charities and attended gay pride events around the world.

Lauper most recently performed in June at the opening ceremony of WorldPride. She was backed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. WorldPride is a global event that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and was held in New York City this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

In conclusion, the settlement between Cyndi Lauper and Benny Mardones brings an end to a long-standing legal battle. The music industry is no stranger to copyright infringement lawsuits, and with the rise of streaming services and digital downloads, the stakes are higher than ever. However, the industry continues to thrive, and artists like Lauper continue to entertain audiences around the world.

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