Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am Being Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Song ‘Damn Girl’

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Just gonna be lazy here and re-publish Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am Being Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Song ‘Damn Girl’ from People.com.

Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am (né Will Adams) are being sued for their collaborative work on the song “Damn Girl” which was featured on Timberlake’s 2006 album, Futuresex/Lovesounds, according to a lawsuit obtained by PEOPLE.

PK Music Performance group brought the suit against the musicians over the track “A New Day Is Here At Last,” describing it as “one of the most recognizable songs from the disco era,” adding that Timberlake and Adams’ music too closely imitates the song, which was originally copyrighted in 1969 by Perry Kibble, and performed by J.D. Davis.

According to the documents, PK Music Performance renewed the copyright license again in January, 17 years after Kibble died and handed off the rights to his sister Janis McQuinton – who is also the principal of PK Music Performance. She handed over the copyright to the company this past December.

“A substantial amount of the music in “Damn Girl” is copied from “A New Day Is Here At Last,” the lawsuit reads. “Specifically, a substantial part of the drum, conga drum, organ, bass guitar, electric quitter and saxophone parts in “Damn Girl,” were all copied from “A New Day Is Here At Last.”

In return for Timberlake and Adam’s performance of the song on the album, in concert, and on a DVD of recorded shows at Madison Square Garden, PK Music Performance is asking that no one in the singers’ camps distribute or publicly perform “Damn Girl.”

On top of that, the company wants an undisclosed amount that includes an “award for actual damages,” profits from the song, and attorney’s fees, as well as handing over all known copies of the song, to be destroyed by PK Music Performance.

J.C. Davis – A New Day (is here at last)

Justin Timberlake – Damn Girl (feat. Will.I.Am)

See more songs that have made it to court in the litigated category.

See also

will.i.am vs. Arty & Mat Zo

The Black Eyed Peas vs. Bryan Pringle

Snow Patrol vs. The Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas vs. Phoenix Phenom

 

Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran vs. Elvis Presley

Justin Bieber vs. Elvis Presley

From the first time I heard Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran’s “Love Yourself” I couldn’t get the association of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” out of my head. Upon further investigation it turns out the melody in “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is actually based on a French love song called Plaisir d’amour on wikipedia (translated “The pleasure of love”) from 1784.

Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran - "Love Yourself" (2015)

I have doubled the speed of the Presley track to more closely match the progression:

Elvis Presley - "Can't Help Falling in Love (sped up x2)" (1961)

Here’s the original:

Elvis Presley - "Can't Help Falling in Love (original)" (1961)

And finally, the old French song:

Jean Paul Egide Martini (performed by Nana Mouskouri) - "Plaisir d'amour" (1784)

See Also:

Ed Sheeran vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones

Justin Bieber “Sorry” sounds just like this song

Justin Bieber vs. September

 

 

 

MIKA’s Lollipop was lifted right from a Jackie Chan film

jackie-chan-vs-mika

Thanks to Darren for sending in this great, obscure soundalike.

OK, it’s not really Jackie Chan singing (at least I don’t think it is) but this is the closing credit song to a 1983 Chan film called “Winners & Sinners“. I found a German translated version on YouTube but I think the song is still in Chinese. MIKA‘s “Lollipop” chorus sounds EXACTLY like this melody. Check it out:

MIKA - "Lollipop" (2007)

Winners and Sinners - "End Credit" (1983)

I also noticed the overall derivative nature from the 1958 classic “The Lollipop Song“. Perhaps these are both a nod to this classic. Have a listen:

Ronald and Ruby - "Lollipop" (1958)

Here’s the full movie of  “Winners & Sinners” (translated to German). Start at the end credits around 1h28m59s or just click here.