Drake is one of the hottest pop acts in the industry. The Canadian artists has given many hits over the years. He recently sparked rumors of collaborating with another big figure from the industry. Despite Drizzy’s social media post fueling suspicions of a possible collaboration in the works, Drake and Taylor Swift are not about to release new music together.
Drake has now been dropped from a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in October against Chris Brown’s “No Guidance.” Songwriters Braindon Cooper and Timothy Valentine claim the song is a rip-off of their 2016 single “I Love Your Dress.” Cooper and Valentine will press on with their legal action against Brown and Sony Music Entertainment.
Recently the two voluntarily dropped Drake’s name. It’s unclear whether this was due to a settlement agreement or a lack of faith in their case against the Toronto rapper. Cooper and Valentine responded that simply because you are more famous than another artist does not exempt you from copyright law.
This argument – essentially that defendants are somehow immune from copyright infringement claims by individuals who are not as famous as they are – is both egotistical and without any legal basis whatsoever. Undoubtedly, regardless of their fame and status, defendants may be, and should be, held accountable for their infringement.
On June 8, 2019, “No Guidance” was released and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Brown’s album, Indigo, featured the song. Brown and Drake argued in their defense that they had never heard “I Love Your Dress,” which they described as “obscure.” If the judge denies Brown’s motion to dismiss the case, it will go to trial. Check out Chris Brown’s collaboration with Drake, “No Guidance,” below.
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