UWG Singing Artists Collaborate After Song Was Stolen And Copyrighted
UWG undergrad and music artist Jay Pruitt released the album ‘Painted’ on all major streaming platforms after copyright issues and with help from another artist who remixed the stolen song “Pain”.
Over the summer, Pruitt prepared to release a new album titled “Painted” on streaming platforms. Of the eight original songs featured in the album, the fourth track entitled “Pain” received a copyright strike which led to the discovery that someone had stolen and uploaded his song as his own before the debut of the scrapbook.
“The album was supposed to be released on August 1st, shortly before the release date, my distributor emailed me back saying they couldn’t release my album due to copyright infringement “, explains Pruitt. “The original version of ‘Pain’ was stolen by another UWG student.”
During the early stages of creating the music tracks, Pruitt had shared “Pain” with his friends for feedback. One of those listeners shared the song with the student who ended up downloading the track and getting the copyright to “Pain” despite not having created the song.
“When they came out [the song before the debut], the platform automatically grants them a license for the track which is a legal document,” explains Pruitt. “So they ‘legally’ stole my song.”
Copyrights play an important role in protecting the intellectual property of creators, especially in the digital landscape, but the system is not foolproof, as evidenced by widespread art theft.
Regardless of the situation, Pruitt still wanted to release the album while dealing with copyright legalities. Pruitt met Colin Chambers, student and fellow UWG music artist, under the alias Lin Vale, through mutual friends associated with the UWG eSports community.
“That same day [the song was found stolen], I met Lin Vale. He remixed my song for me,” Pruitt explains. “Lin Vale saved my album.”
Chambers currently attends UWG as a Management Information Systems (MIS) student at Richard’s College of Business and produces electronic dance music (EDM) as a hobby.
“I want to do more collaborations with him if he wants to,” Pruitt says. “I know it was definitely a challenge because I didn’t give him the individual files, just two instrumental files (.wav), instead of the stem files which are for each individual instrument. He did an incredible job.
“Painted” includes eight original songs and a cover of Lana Del Ray’s “Thunder.” Pruitt also released the original version of “Pain” as a separate single from the album now that the stolen song has been taken down.
“I wrote the lyrics to my song ‘Satellite Dreaming’ and just when I was thinking ‘I have a new single’, but then more inspiration came and I wrote three more songs,” says Pruitt. . “Then I kept writing more.”
The album incorporates alternative sounds and deals with themes of domestic violence and healing from trauma which ties into the title track “Painted”.
“When everyone thinks of Van Goph, they mostly think of his beautiful ‘Starry Night’ painting, but what they don’t see are all the depressing, sad paintings he created,” says Pruitt. “So ‘Painted’ actually refers to bruising.”
Despite the difficulties present in the personal and professional spheres, community, adaptability and creativity prove to be invaluable necessities in order to continue to persevere.
Pruitt and Lin Vale can be followed on Instagram at @officialjaypruitt and @linvale_edm respectively.