The Free America campaign is John Legend's multi-year solution to permanently end the school-to-prison pipeline. By speaking to both prisoners (he's scheduled to appear at a Texas prison today) and lawmakers, he hopes to end mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. "We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country," Legend said in an interview with the Associated Press. "It's destroying families, it's destroying communities and we're the most incarcerated country in the world, and when you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration."

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"You have to be careful when it comes to copyrights, whether just sounding like or feeling like something is enough to say you violated their copyrights," says Legend.

Dominique Hobdy
Mar, 22, 2015

John Legend says he has concerns when it comes to the 'Blurred Lines' verdict. 

According to Hollywood Reporter, Legend spoke to the Associated Press saying he thinks the verdict could set a scary precedent for artists creating music inspired by other artists.

While he does admit that the song sounds like Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up," he also says, "you have to be careful when it comes to copyrights, whether just sounding like or feeling like something is enough to say you violated their copyrights."

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay nearly $7.4 million to the Gaye family after a jury decided that 'Blurred Lines' mimicked elements of Gaye's 1977 hit. 

Legend says he's "a little concerned that this verdict might be a slippery slope."