On Wednesday, a law designed to restrict prosecutors from prosecuting artists because of their lyrics was introduced to congress. In accordance with Billboard, the Restoring Artistic Protection Act, also called the RAP Act, would limit the usage of artistic or creative evidence contrary to the one who created it.
The bill may be the to begin its kind at the federal level and mimics recent efforts in California and NY to safeguard artists and their crafts. This law has been around the making but recently re-entered headlines following the arrest of Atlanta rappers #Gunna and #YoungThug. In both cases, prosecutors cite their lyrics as proof crimes allegedly committed.
Music industry professionals have already been lobbying for a law of the kind for a long time. Needless to say, with this type of split congress, its unclear if the new federal bill has any real potential for passage. Artists have celebrated todays announcement like #MeekMill, whod had his music cited throughout a previous run-in with regulations.
Chairman and CEOKevin Lilesof 300 Elektra Entertainmentcalled out the prosecutors during Young Thugsbond hearing last monthfor wanting to utilize the rappers lyrics to prosecute him, saying, This racially targeted practice punishes already marginalized communities and their stories of family, struggle, survival, and triumph. Authorities are criminalizing black creativity and artistry, which bill can help end that. We should protect Black art.
Judge Rules NBA YoungBoys Lyrics Cant BE UTILIZED Against Him
Lately, a judge prevented prosecutors from using NBA YoungBoys lyrics against him in a federal firearms case.
NBA YoungBoys trial for gun possession began on Tuesday (July 12). In a ruling in court today, Judge R. Gary Klausner of the Central District of California turn off the prosecutions attempts to utilize the Baton Rouge, La. rhymers lyrics as evidence. XXL has confirmed the ruling.
He was later found not liable of most charges.
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