April 5, 2022
As reported by People Magazine, US Olympic silver-medalist figure skaters are being sued for copyright infringement for the unauthorized use of a song in their short program routine.
Musical duo Heavy Young Heathens allege “blatant and purposeful” copyright infringement on their version of “House of the Rising Sun” in the routine of skaters Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier. The skaters are named as defendants, alongside Comcast Corporation; NBC Universal Media, LLCC; Peacock; USA Network and U.S. Figure Skating.
Heavy Young Heathens, which is comprised of brothers Robert and Aron Marderosian, allege that Knierim and Frazier used the track without authorization or permission and that all of the Defendants used the song “in a brazen and improper effort to capitalize on the Plaintiff’s hard work and copyright ownership.”
Authors: Hannah Johnson and Mark Leonard