DaBaby and Roddy Ricch are suing for alleged copyright infringement for their 2020 megahit Rockstar
The latest major music copyright battle has begun.
US rappers DaBaby (Jonathan Lyndale Kirk) and Roddy Ricch (Rodrick Wayne Moore) have faced an injury lawsuit over their 2020 hit rock star
The lawsuit was filed in Florida on Friday (December 9) by a producer named JuJu Beatz (Craig Mims), who alleges that his track selena was ripped off by DaBaby, Roddy Ricch and the other named defendants to create rock star, the topped the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks in 2020.
rock star by DaBaby (feat. Roddy Ricch), which appeared on DaBaby’s 2020 album blame baby was streamed 1.47 billion times on Spotify alone.
Mims also names Interscope Records executive Caroline Diaz, as well as Universal Music Group and Warner Chappell Music as defendants.
The producer SethInTheKitchen (Ross Joseph Portaro) is also named in the suit.
Mims claims he “began to communicate with the defendant [Caroline] Diaz, in an official capacity as Vice President of Interscope Records” in 2019.
He says he was also in direct email communication with DaBaby’s reps around the same time and sent his selena follow her in 2019.
Mims further alleges that “defendants’ representative Diaz and DaBaby accessed plaintiff’s selena on more than 40 occasions in late 2019 and early 2020” and when rock star Released in early 2020, it incorporated “many compositional elements” present in Mim’s own selena Composition.
According to the lawsuit MBW received, which you can read in full here, DaBaby’s rock star “has achieved tremendous financial success, being listed as one of the most popular songs of 2020” and “has made millions of dollars through royalties, licenses, and other revenue streams.”
“The defendants took samples from the plaintiff illegally and without permission selena musical work and have continued to generate substantial income without even notifying the plaintiff or paying the plaintiff for his dues.”
Craig Mims (aka JuJu Beatz)
Mims further alleges that “Defendants illegally and without permission took samples from Plaintiff selena music work and have continued to generate substantial income without even notifying the plaintiff or paying the plaintiff for his dues.
“The plaintiff has never received any compensation for the illegal and unauthorized use of his by the defendants selena musical composition.”
The Florida-based producer argues that he has “made numerous attempts to resolve this matter without a trial, but such efforts have been unsuccessful as the defendants have been unwilling to cooperate or accept responsibility for blatant and willful copyright infringement.”
He further alleges that he “had no choice but to bring this lawsuit to remedy and stop defendants’ willful injury causing enduring harm.”
The lawsuit adds, “Defendants have directly violated plaintiffs’ copyright by copying, distributing, performing, displaying and creating derivative works from plaintiffs’ musical work ‘Selena’ in violation of copyright law.
“Defendants caused, caused or materially contributed to plaintiffs’ copyright infringement, including by permitting them to continue creating, distributing and performing the infringing ‘Rockstar’ song, and accordingly defendants share responsibility for any such infringement.
“All defendants benefited financially from the distribution of the infringing musical work ‘Rockstar’.”
This lawsuit marks the latest high-profile copyright infringement lawsuit involving a superstar artist and marks Roddy Ricch’s second naming in the past week.
Last week, Roddy Richch was sued because of alleged copyright infringement on his mega hit The box, that was streamed 1.5 billion Alone on Spotify.
Copyright infringement lawsuits have become a common occurrence in the music industry in recent years.
In addition to the lawsuits referenced in this story involving DaBaby and Roddy Ricch, other high-profile cases such as Dua Lipa, Childish Gambino, and Travis Scott, as well as Lizzo, Katy Perry, and others have been involved in recent years, such as z as the Blurred lines Case with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
In April, Ed Sheeran filed a lawsuit in the UK alleging infringement of his single shape of you.music business worldwide
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