Timberlake faces plagiarism lawsuits

March 2016

Music publishing



Justin Timberlake and will.i.am (William Adams) are facing a lawsuit from PK Music Performance claiming that their song “Damn Girl” (from Timberlake’s 2006 “FutureSex/LoveSounds” album) is too similar to the disco track “A New Day Is Here At Last,” according to TMZ. The latter was originally copyrighted back in 1969 by Perry Kibble and performed by J.C. Davis. PK Music Performance renewed the copyright license in January after Kibble’s sister Janis McQuinton granted them the rights: she inherited the copyright on Kibble’s death in 1999.


“A substantial amount of the music in ‘Damn Girl’ is copied from ‘A New Day Is Here At Last,'” the lawsuit reads. “Specifically, a substantial part of the drum, conga drum, organ, bass guitar, electric quitter and saxophone parts in ‘Damn Girl,’ were all copied from ‘A New Day Is Here At Last.'”


PK is reportedly seeking injunctive relief and an undisclosed claim for damages which includes an “award for actual damages,” song profits and attorney fees. PK also wants known copies of the song handed over to them to be destroyed, as well.

Timberlake is also facing a separate legal battle over his song “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay Z, from the “20/20 Experience.”  According to TMZ, two members of Sly, Slick and Wicked filed a suit against JT’s record label, Universal Music Group, claiming that “Suit & Tie” samples their song “Sho Nuff.”  The band members were reportedly paid for the sample, though, as TMZ notes, the label never got the rights to their vocal performances in that song .



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