Perhaps life got in the way. Back in , an ex-girlfriend introduced me to Yellowcard. I was immediately drawn to their sound not least because, a violinist myself, I thought it was super cool that a rock band had a violin as an integral part of its sound. It showed me that the instrument had more potential beyond stuffy concert halls and Nashville honky-tonks, and set the stage for artists that would follow in their footsteps.
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Music copyright cases often come down to esoteric points of law and musical analysis, with lawyers and academic experts dissecting melodies for signs of similarity. But in one prominent recent case, the deciding factor may simply have been whether a rock band wanted to pursue a grieving mother. Last October, the s-era emo band Yellowcard filed what at the time seemed to be a routine infringement case against Juice WRLD, a fast-rising rapper and singer. But two months later, Juice WRLD, whose real name was Jarad Higgins, died at the age of 21 of an accidental drug overdose, and he was memorialized as a tragic symbol of the SoundCloud rap generation. In the music industry, Busch is widely feared as a hard-charging lawyer who often represents plaintiffs in music copyright cases. According to a one-page form signed by Busch, the band was voluntarily withdrawing its lawsuit. That meant that the case could now move forward — and would have pitted the four men of Yellowcard against a woman who had recently lost her year-old son. In a statement, Busch noted that the decision to drop the case was made by the band. It is possible, though, that the band could change its mind and sue again. What changed?