“Harlem Shake” Artist Baauer Hit With A Copyright Claim

Posted Mar 12, 2013

DJ Baauer is known as being the artist behind the popular “Harlem Shake” song.  Baauer was hit with a copyright compensation claim by two artists that are claiming their voices are being used without permission.

The Harlem Shake dance became a viral sensation and is now used in a countless number of YouTube videos.  Even if you go to YouTube.com and type in “Do the Harlem Shake,” the homepage of the website will even start dancing.  Hector Delgado and Jayson Musson wants a cut from the popularity of “Harlem Shake.”

Hector Delgado’s vocals are used at the beginning of the “Harlem Shake” where he says ?Con los terroristas.?  The snippet was grabbed from his 2006 single “Maldades.”  The “Do the Harlem Shake” line in the song was grabbed from the song “Miller Time” by Plastic Little, Musson’s rap group.

?It?s almost like they came on my land and built a house,? Delgado said in an interview with The New York Times.  He was surprised when his former manager Javier Gómez called him 3 weeks ago and said that his voice was used on “Harlem Shake.”

Musson actually called Baauer and thanked him for “doing something useful with our annoying music.”  Check out some Harlem Shake videos here.