New York’s state Senate has passed the “Rap Music on Trial” bill that
will not ban song lyrics from being used as evidence in court.
However, it would limit the use of “creative expression” as evidence
of a crime.
According to Pitchfork, on May 17) Senate Bill S7527 “would not ban
prosecutors from presenting lyrics or other material to a jury, but
would require them to show that the work is “literal, rather than
figurative or fictional.”
Meek Mill, Killer Mike, Fat Joe, Robin Thicke, and other artists have
each publicly supported the bill.
In Jan. 2022, Jay-Z’s lawyer issued a letter to state lawmakers urging
for the bill to be passed.
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