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

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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.

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Black Eyed Peas vs. Phoenix Phenom


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11 Replies to “Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am Being Sued for Copyright Infringement Over Song ‘Damn Girl’”

      1. Travis

        im on my phone

        cant copy paste from it

        yeah i heard “gone away” and really thought it was “new divide”

        tjink its a rare time offsprig is ripped off

  1. Travis

    far as this post…

    yeah.. seems like a scramble sample…

    now i just wonder if the actual recording of “a new day(is here at last)” is permissable evidence..

  2. Travis

    we all know that track

    for the life of me i keep hearing a track with a near identical chorus down to the lyrics..

    its so much alike every time i type in words i can catch from the other track.. i keep getting this one..

    any type of help would be appreciated..

    i dont THINK its a country track either..

    they both start out with “just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight”

    words i catch from the other track are “fire burning so bright”

    “and you say that you love me”

    i cant seem to find the damn track as i only get lady A’s track..

  3. MT

    For some reason, my posts seem to get filtered whether I email you or post here, but did you check out the DNCE vs. Cake (“Cake by the Ocean” vs. “Never There”) resemblance?


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