Lawsuits involving alleged cases of copyright and plagiarism are as common as artists receiving awards and accolades in the music industry.
And over time, huge artists have retained a solid set of attorneys and teams to help them win and get through those legal headaches.
Dua Lipa, who is battling a copyright infringement lawsuit for her song “Levitating,” has chosen a new set of lawyers to fight on her behalf.
Dua Lipa’s Levitation Trial Explained
Dua Lipa is facing a massive lawsuit for her song “Levitating.” The song was reportedly copied from “Live Your Life” by Florida Reggae band Artikal Sound System.
The complaint alleged that “Levitating” and “Live Your Life” were so similar that it was “highly unlikely that ‘Levitating’ was created independently”.
The group also said that Dua had access to the song for the song released in 2017, although the group did not provide any reason why they believe the popstar heard the track.
Besides the Florida-born band, songwriters L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer also accused the British singer of copying the intro to their 1979 song “Wiggle and Giggle All Night.”
The duo claimed the popularity of the opening verse of “Levitating” on TikTok in their lawsuit, saying their intellectual property was the driving force behind the song’s success on the platform.
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Dua Lipa Levitation Trial Gets New Legal Team
After her recent victory in the “Dark Horse” copyright lawsuit, Christine Lepera and her law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp are now representing Dua Lipa. Lepera previously represented Katy Perry and rapper Jay-Z in a lawsuit similar to Lipa’s.
The stars’ attorney successfully defended Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” as it became precedent-setting case law, noting that infringement lawsuits shouldn’t be about basic musical “building blocks.” (via Billboard)
The “Levitating” lawsuit shares the similar argument that the two songs simply contain “common non-copyrighted musical tropes” that Dua was free to use when she created her new song. .
Dua’s team is preparing to “respond” to the cases in the coming weeks as they work to finally get the lawsuits dismissed.
“Levitating” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, despite remaining on the charts for 77 weeks.
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