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Justin Timberlake and will.i.am in plagiarism battle

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 24 February 2016

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Global music superstars, Justin Timberlake and will.i.am are facing proceedings brought claiming their song ‘Damn Girl’ is infringing copyright.

PK Music Performance are claiming that a substantial portion of the Timberlake song released in 2006 as part his album, was taken from a disco track named ‘A New Day Is Here at Last’ which is protected by copyright.

The song has been protected by copyright since 1969, originally owned by Perry Kibble. After Kibble’s death in 1999, his sister Janis McQuinton granted PK Music Performance the rights to renew the copyright license in January of this year.

PK Music Performance are seeking an injunction as well as an award for damages which includes song profits, legal fees and ‘actual damages’. They are also pushing for all known copies of the song to be destroyed.

This lawsuit comes at a difficult time for Timberlake who is already engaging in a separate battle in relation to his song ‘Suit & Tie’. Two members of the band Sly, Slick and Wicked claim the chart topper samples their song ‘Sho Nuff’. It has been reported that payment has already been made for this sample but this has not been confirmed.

The coming few weeks will be a worrying time for Justin who stands to lose the rights over two chart topping hits.

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