A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed in California this week against Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber, along with their fellow songwriters, publishers and record labels, alleging that they copied their 2019 hit “10,000 Hours” from a 1973 song, “The First Time Baby Is A Holiday.”
The lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by Whiskey Riff, was filed by International Manufacturing Concepts, Melomega Music and Sound Gems, the company that owns the copyright to “First Time.” In the complaint, Melomega alleges that the song was written in 1973 by Palmer Rakes and Frank Fioravanti, and was registered with the US Copyright Office in 1980.
“First Time” was first recorded in 2014, and the copyright for the sound recording of that song was registered with the Copyright Office later that year. It was then released in September 2014, and was then released on three different albums by Melomega’s Sound Gems Records label in 2017 and 2019. The song was distributed by The Orchard, a distributor owned by Sony.
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