What goes around comes all the way back around?
Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am face a copyright infringement lawsuit from disco singer Perry Kibble’s sister Janis McQuinton who claims the hook, rhythm, harmony and melody in JT’s 2006 FutureSex/LoveSounds track was copied from her brother’s song “A New Day is Here At Last” recorded in 1969. Publishing company PK Music Performance, Inc. issued the suit against Timberlake on Wednesday and are seeking damages and an injunction to stop them from reproducing, distributing and publicly performing “Damn Girl,” reports Billboard.
Will.i.am, Sony Music Entertainment and other key music publishers and distributors are also listed as defendants.
In the suit, McQuinton’s lawyer writes “specifically, a substantial part of the drum, conga drum, organ, bass guitar, electric guitar, and saxophone parts in Damn Girl, were all copied from A New Day Is Here At Last.”
In August 2015, McQuinton discovered “that the music in Damn Girl was copied from A New Day Is Here At Last,” according to the complaint, and is seeking statutory and actual damages for the sound recording and Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveShow concert tour DVD which features the hit live.
In 2015, Marvin Gaye’s family won $7.4 million in damages in their lawsuit against Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. over their song “Blurred Lines” which they claimed sampled Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Last year, Jay Z and Timbaland won a suit against them regarding 1999’s “Big Pimpin'” where they sampled Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi’s “Khosara, Khosara.”
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