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Dua Lipa Wins Copyright Infringement Over ‘Floating’
June 8, 2023
Dua Lipa has won a major copyright lawsuit thanks to “insubstantial” evidence.
The Albanian sensation turned heads with her mezzo-soprano vocal range and gained international recognition with her chart-topping songs. Outside of music, the 27-year-old is making waves for her fashion savvy and advocacy.
Last year, the pop star found herself in legal trouble after a small Florida band accused her of stealing one of their songs to make her 2020 hit, “Levitating.” However, the reggae band’s claims were deemed flawed at best.
Judge dismisses Dua Lipa’s copyright lawsuit for insufficient evidence
At the recent trial of Artikal Sound System’s copyright infringement lawsuit Notice board reported that the “One Kiss” singer had won. The reggae group accused the 27-year-old of stealing the core hook of their 2017 track ‘Live Your Life’.
During the June 5 ruling, U.S. District Judge Sunshine S. Sykes expressed several doubts about the case and the plaintiff’s claims that Lipa drew inspiration from the band’s song. The federal judge said he saw no concrete evidence that the host had ever heard of the tune he was accused of copying.
According to Judge Sykes, there was no proven connection between the creators of “Levitating” and the group Artikal Sound System. A crucial part of any copyright case is determining whether the other party had access to the information in question.
In their defense, the Florida band painted a tangled web of connections between themselves and the celebrated singer. The plaintiffs alleged that one of the Grammy-winner’s co-writers once worked with a woman who was allegedly taught to play guitar by a band member’s brother-in-law.
Unfortunately, the reggae group’s soap opera relationship did not spoil the judge’s order. “These attenuated connections, which bear little relation to either of the two musical compositions in question, do not indicate a reasonable probability that the defendants encountered the plaintiffs’ song,” the judge stated in his ruling.
Additionally, the band Artikal Sound System claimed that their song gained widespread attention, enough for one of Lipa’s teams to hear it. The reggae group said they played “Live Your Life” at various concerts and reportedly sold “hundreds” of physical CDs.
Their songs were also available on some streaming platforms, raising the possibility of their work being “Levitated”. But Judge Sykes argued that their claims were “too general or too inconsequential” to sustain the infringement suit. The judge’s judgment read:
“Plaintiffs’ failure to specify how often “Live Your Life” was performed in public during the specified period, where those performances took place, and the venues and/or audience sizes precludes the Court from finding that Plaintiffs live performances of the song. It probably contributed to the saturation of the markets where the defendants could have encountered it.”
Although the judge’s ruling dismissed the lawsuit against Lipa, the case is far from over. Sykes concluded that the band Artikal Sound System could refile its complaint after correcting what he highlighted as errors and “insubstantial” evidence.
Brit Award winner files second lawsuit over ‘Levitating’ song
After the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Lipa by the band Artikal Sound System, another party has risen from the shadows and filed another lawsuit against the “New Rules” singer. Last March, the Albanian beauty came under legal supervision for her song “Levitating”.
Representatives of the second plaintiff, L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the 27-year-old. The songwriters, known for ‘Wiggle And Giggle All Night’ and ‘Don Diablo’, accused the media personality of ruining their work.
According to the lawsuit: “The compositional elements of the infringing works are essentially similar to those of the (Brown and Linzer, or BL in the lawsuit) songs.” The filing added that the melody of Lipa’s hit matched the rhythm of the accusers’ music.
“The most significant thing is that the first and defining melody of the infringing works (the signature melody) is a duplicate of the opening melody of the BL songs,” the announcement continued. “The signature melody is repeated six times on ‘Levitating’ and three times on ‘Levitating (Da Baby)'”
The songwriters described the AMA winner’s song as a “copycat” of the melodies of their songs. Their filing alleged that Lipa had “taken down the plaintiffs’ intellectual property. The plaintiffs file a lawsuit so that the defendants cannot get away with their intentional infringement.”