Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Megan Thee Stallion and Big Sean Sued Over Song

Rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Big Sean sued for copyright infringement over their 2020 single, 'Go Crazy...'

From Radar Online
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Duawn Payne and Harrell James are suing Meg, Big Sean (real name: Sean Michael Anderson), Universal Music, and 1501 Certified Entertainment.
In the suit, Payne said he goes by ‘Go Hard Major’ while James is known as ‘H Matic.’
The two said they authored the song Krazy in 2012. The song was posted on the platform ReverbNation. The duo said they passed out the CD around Detroit and performed it in various clubs.
“The Copyrighted Work is an original work of authorship and is particularly unique as a result of its catchy chorus—or hook—the centerpiece of the Copyrighted Work,” the suit said.
Payne and James said Meg released her album Good News in November 2020 which contains her song Go Crazy.
The songwriters said Meg’s song is a straight rip from their track. They said aside from the fact that they share the same title the chorus are “strikingly similar” and the wording of the chorus for the two songs are nearly identical.
Further, they said the timing along with the melodic sequence are also identical.
Payne and James point out that Big Sean is from Detroit and had access to their work. “The sale of thousands of physical copies of CD’s featuring the Copyrighted Work on the streets of West Detroit and the parking lots of hip hop clubs in West Detroit frequented by [Big Sean] provide further access of the Copyrighted Work to Defendants,” the suit read.
Meg and Big Sean are accused of copyright infringement with the suit seeking unspecified damages.