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Friday, November 4th, 2011

SNL and Andy Samberg Accused of Song Thievery

A music production team in St. Louis is suing Andy Samberg for using the music for Shy Ronnie, the SNL digital short featuring Rihanna. I assume the entirety of the courtroom proceedings will be autotuned. Also, have the accusers even considered that maybe Andy Samberg was just too shy to ask for the rights? I know, I know, and yes, Samberg can retain my legal services for this case. Although, he's being sued by people whose stage names are Rick the Rular and Foxx StarStrukk, so he may need to find a lawyer who has practice dealing with ALIENS FROM OUTER SPACE.

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  • Megh Wright

    One of the top comments on that article links to this interview: http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2011-05-05/music/starstrukk-interview-snl-shy-ronnie-producers/

    How did you land the placement with Andy Samberg on SNL?

    RR: Through a connection out in Cali. Back in '08 I submitted some tracks to them, and they chose the record that turned into "Like a Boss" on the first [the Lonely Island] album. After we established that relationship, when the time came back around again, they reached out to us to do "Shy Ronnie."

    …So what is it then? They haven't received royalties or what? This story is foggy to me.

  • http://twitter.com/joshung Joshua Ungerleider

    Rick the Rular might find himself getting served for stealing one of Slick Rick's other nicknames.