Chris Brown and Drake teamed up for 2019s “No Guidance.” The track contained several samples. The song was a hit, debuting at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Controversy has followed in it’s wake, but not the kind Chris Brown normally stirs up.
Brandon Cooper and Timothy Valentine say their song “I Love Your Dress” was ripped off to make the hit single. The part of the song at issue is the phrase “You got it,” in the track’s hook. They have sued alleging copyright infringement.
James Sammataro is the attorney representing Brown and Drake in the matter, according to VladTV. Sammataro says that the suit has no merit. To him, the phrase is generic.
“Plaintiffs’ suit is premised upon the alleged similarity [to a] wholly generic lyrical phrase. No one, including plaintiffs, can own or monopolize the non-copyrightable phrase ‘you got it,’ and it should come as no surprise that this phrase appears in countless other works.”
The attorney also said that the plaintiffs in the case couldn’t prove that Chris Brown and Drake ever even heard their song. Being able to do so would be required in a copyright case such as this. That will be extremely hard to achieve.
Chris Brown and Drake’s attorney is moving to have the lawsuit thrown out. The legal challenge was a long shot to begin with. It sounds like they won’t be found liable for any damages.
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