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Battle Is Over But Not The Fight

Sun Tzu said “know thy self, know thy enemy.”  I wrote ‘Need to Know’ years before John Newman’s song.  I know my honed skills, and I know my unwavering discipline is what fuels me to write and perform music.  It will never stop.  My creativity will endure long after other artists wither and fade.  Universal heard my music years before they gave it to John Newman to record.  It was my song.  I wrote it.  But when they heard it, they quietly kept it, and then tried to pawn it off to a lesser artist who clearly could not make music beyond the songs given to him.  The evidence is there on YouTube for all to hear.  But, I cannot tolerate the legal battles any further.  I will not be weighted down with courtroom squabbles that never even come close to the point where a jury could hear my music side by side with Newman.  I see an even longer road filled with distraction and delays.  If Universal excels at one thing, it is prolonging legal cases.  And working with lawyers these past few years has shown me that the system is not meant for people like me to simply put my song next to Newman’s song for a jury to hear.  The system is not setup that way. So, it is with reluctance, but with clear resolve, that I will move past Universal and allow my case to close.  I cannot look to the future if I remain stuck in the past, as I have been for the last 4 years.  But, I now know my enemy, and I know their strategy.  My fight with Universal will one day be rekindled, and when it does I will use everything I’ve learned from this experience to crush them.


If you steal from Team Apps, we will find out.  And when we do, we will come after you legally and very publicly. We now have safeguards in place, and the right lawyers, so we will never stop until we win. We enjoy collaborating with other artists, and we love creating music, but if the corporations or the powers-that-be decide to ever again steal our music, we won’t care about their excuses.  We will fight them at every turn.  We exposed John Newman as a plagiarizing hack, who lacks the genuine talent Team Apps has consistently demonstrated year in and year out.  So, it’s no surprise that Newman and Universal Music Group have parted ways. Because of our lawsuit and everything we have done to expose Newman, we join a growing number of artists who won’t tolerate theft of our work.  It is unmistakable that Newman’s song "Love Me Again" copied much of Alisa Apps' song "Need To Know", which was written years earlier.  Check out our side-by-side comparisons and street interviews on YouTube to hear for yourself. We have, and will continue to have, a great relationship with the fans and with the people, and we will keep Rising. UMG tried to pacify Alisa Apps before, but they failed; and now John Newman is out for good.  The fight will continue. Alisa Apps & Team Apps


Q: What is going on with your lawsuit against Universal? A:  I had – and still have – a great case… but there were complexities in the legal system and the court rules, that weren’t considered by my attorney, and my case was thrown out before I even got to a jury.   Unbeknownst to me – and to my lawyer as it turns out – Universal is a complicated web of parent and subsidiary companies, all with similar names but different locations and purposes, and my lawyer… sued the wrong one.  I’ve since learned this is a frustratingly common tactic for large corporations to avoid being sued.  Believe me, I was pissed beyond belief when I found out about this, but unfortunately, the problem couldn’t be fixed, so the judge threw out the case.  And to make matters worse, the statute of limitations had run by the time all of this was revealed, so I couldn’t simply start over by suing the right subsidiary of Universal.  Q: If you lost your case, how are you still able to say Universal stole your music?  A:  This is a great question, because it’s somewhat misleading to say “I lost my case.”  My case never got to a jury.  I was never able to have my expert testify that John Newman’s song ripped off mine.  I didn’t get to investigate the people at Universal who had my song years before Newman released his plagiarized version.  I never really got a chance to even… present my case.  I still say, listen to the songs side-by-side.  It speaks for itself.  Universal had my song, they liked my song, but they gave it to another artist to sing without my permission.  If this case got to a jury, they would hear exactly what you all have heard.  Blatant plagiarism. But, unfortunately, I’ve learned the hard way that the legal world isn’t quite as straight forward.  Universal has a gigantic team of lawyers all waiting to pounce on anyone, like me, to make sure cases, like mine, NEVER get in front of a jury. Q: What is next in terms of a lawsuit? A:  OK, so…I have found new attorneys.  And they have presented some possible solutions, but I am MUCH more involved in the brainstorming and legal analysis going forward.  I trusted my attorneys before… trusted that they knew the legal rules and would sidestep any landmines… but I’m not making the same mistake twice.  This time I’m educating myself on the law and how my case should progress, and I’m definitely involved in the decision-making process.  In the meantime, all I can say is that I will be updating you all as things move forward, and if you have questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.   Thanks!  Alisa Apps