Lawsuit says Miley Cyrus stole ‘We Can’t Stop,’ seeks $300 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer’s 2013 smash “We Just cannot Stop” carefully resembles a tune he recorded 25 yrs earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.

FILE Image: Singer Miley Cyrus performs “We Are unable to Stop” for the duration of the 2013 MTV Video clip Audio Awards in New York August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Image

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 tune “We Run Things” has been “a favourite for lovers of reggae tunes worldwide” considering that reaching No. 1 in his household nation, and that about 50 % of “We Just cannot Stop” arrives from him.

He accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp (6758.T), of misappropriating his content, including the phrase “We operate matters. Points no operate we,” which she sings as “We operate matters. Points do not operate we.”

Representatives for Cyrus, 25, did not straight away reply to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Sony did not straight away reply to a similar ask for.

May said he sought to guard his get the job done final yr with the U.S. Copyright Place of work, and in November received “formal copyright protection” for all musical arrangements in “We Run Points.”

He said Cyrus’ tune “owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its very-profitable good results to plaintiff May’s protected, exclusive, innovative and original material.”

The Kingston, Jamaica resident is also trying to get a halt to further more product sales and performances of “We Just cannot Stop,” in accordance to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Even though the complaint did not specify damages, May’s attorneys in a press assertion described it as a $300 million situation.

“We Just cannot Stop,” from Cyrus’ album “Bangerz,” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Warm 100 in August 2013.

It was retained from the leading by Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Traces,” by itself the subject of a large-profile copyright situation around its resemblance to a 1977 Marvin Gaye tune.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York Editing by David Gregorio

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