Kendrick Lamar Sued For Copyright Infringement
April 18, 2016 at 3:18 AM (PT)
GRAMMY-winning recording artist KENDRICK LAMAR finds himself the latest performer to be sued for copyright infringement.
Papers filed last THURSDAY (4/14) in LOS ANGELES federal court accuse LAMAR of replicating WITHERS' music without permission, saying he simply added his own lyrics to a "direct and complete copy" of the WITHERS song.
The case is MATTIE MUSIC GROUP et al v. LAMAR et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of CALIFORNIA, No. 16-02561. Filed by GOLDEN WITHERS MUSIC and MUSIDEX MUSIC, the lawsuit seeks a halt to the alleged infringement and unspecified damages. LAMAR'S spokespeople have yet to comment.
The lawsuit was filed in the same court which heard the case involving the estate of MARVIN GAYE suing ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL WILLIAMS for copyright infringement over the song "Blurred Lines," which copied parts of the late singer's "Got To Give It Up." Coincidentally, another jury will be seated in that court next month in a case to determine whether or not LED ZEPPELIN stole from fellow BRIT rockers (and former tour mate) SPIRIT's 1967 song "Taurus" for the 1971 classic "Stairway To Heaven."