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DJ Kaskade distances himself from Ultra Records' lawsuit

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Jul 21, 2014 | 1:54pm EDT

Dance DJ Kaskade has distanced himself from label bosses' decision to sue YouTube.com sensation Michelle Phan over accusations she illegally used the star's music in her popular make-up videos. Ultra Records executives launched legal action against Phan in a Los Angeles court last Wednesday (16Jul14), claiming she breached copyright laws by using their clients' songs in her viral clips, which have racked up more than 150 million views online. They are demanding all profits from her YouTube channel, which has been running since 2007. However, Kaskade has since spoken out via Twitter.com to insist he is not personally involved in the suit. On Saturday (19Jul14), he shared a link to a blog post he had written a month ago insisting copyright law was outdated in today's tech-driven world, and he reiterated his sentiments again over the weekend by posting, "Copyright law is a dinosaur, ill-suited for the landscape of today's media." He then made it clear he had no issues with Phan, stating, "I'm not suing @MichellePhan + @ultrarecords isn't my lapdog. I can't do much about the lawsuit except voice support for her." He also quipped, "I find that @MichellePhan has great taste in music... and knows secrets on how to make my eyes really POP. What's not to like?" Meanwhile, Phan's lawyers are preparing to fight the allegations, insisting Ultra chiefs allowed her to feature tracks by artists like Kaskade and Deadmau5 as they believed her videos "showcased (them) to an international audience". They are now planning to countersue, reports TMZ.com. Ultra Records is also home to artists including Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and David Guetta.

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