Songwriters Vs The Black Eyed Peas (Top Story)

12/29/2010
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Songwriters Vs The Black Eyed Peas was a top story in October. Here it is again as we recap 2010: Miller Canfield put this announcement out on the wire about two lawsuits against The Black Eyed Peas: Two separate but related copyright infringement lawsuits were filed today in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against the members of the Black Eyed Peas and their record labels and publishers, including UMG Recordings and Interscope Records.

The songs involved in the suits are two internationally acclaimed hit songs that brought the Black Eyed Peas extraordinary profits and iconic success: "I Gotta Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow."

One Complaint was filed in the Federal District Court in Orange County and alleges that the Black Eyed Peas intentionally and willfully copied a Texas songwriter, Bryan Pringle's song "Take a Dive" when they co-wrote and recorded their Grammy award-winning hit song, "I Gotta Feeling." As a result of the copying, "I Gotta Feeling," as a whole, is "substantially similar" to "Take a Dive," which was copyrighted by Pringle in 1998, and the leading melody contained in both songs, described in the Complaint as the "guitar twang sequence," is identical. A side-by-side comparison of both songs demonstrates that they sound virtually identical, the Complaint alleges. - more on this story

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