NEW YORK (Reuters) – Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who mentioned the pop singer’s 2013 smash “We Can’t Cease” intently resembles a tune he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.
Michael Might, who performs as Flourgon, mentioned his 1988 tune “We Run Issues” has been “a favourite for lovers of reggae music worldwide” since reaching No. 1 in his dwelling nation, and that about 50 p.c of “We Can’t Cease” comes from him.
He accused Cyrus and her label RCA Information, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating his materials, together with the phrase “We run issues. Issues no run we,” which she sings as “We run issues. Issues don’t run we.”
Representatives for Cyrus, 25, didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. A spokeswoman for Sony didn’t instantly reply to an identical request.
Might mentioned he sought to guard his work final 12 months with the U.S. Copyright Workplace, and in November received “formal copyright safety” for all musical preparations in “We Run Issues.”
He mentioned Cyrus’ tune “owes the premise of its chart-topping reputation to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff Might’s protected, distinctive, artistic and unique content material.”
The Kingston, Jamaica resident can be searching for a halt to additional gross sales and performances of “We Can’t Cease,” based on his criticism filed with the U.S. District Court docket in Manhattan.
Whereas the criticism didn’t specify damages, Might’s attorneys in a press assertion described it as a $300 million case.
“We Can’t Cease,” from Cyrus’ album “Bangerz,” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Scorching 100 in August 2013.
It was saved from the highest by Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Strains,” itself the topic of a high-profile copyright case over its resemblance to a 1977 Marvin Gaye tune.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Modifying by David Gregorio