Omarion Denies Stealing Chris Brown’s Music
theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Omarion is blasting allegations he illegally profited off his friend Chris Brown’s hit song “Came to Do”. Omarion is demanding the $300k+ legal battle be thrown out of court and says Chris co-wrote both songs and therefore, he did nothing wrong.
Here’s the latest: On December 23rd, Omarion headed to court to responding to the lawsuit accusing him of illegally profiting off Brown’s hit song. The singer and former Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star explains that the company glaringly omitted the fact that Brown co-wrote and is the copyright owner of not only his song “Came to Do”, but also Omarion’s “Post to Be.”
Omarion says that due to Chris owning a copyright interest in each song as a co-author, as a matter of law, there is no infringement because his Chris is able to license his song to others due to his co-interest in the rights. He explains in court docs,
Put simply, an author cannot infringe his own work. And because Brown co-owns Came To Do and cannot infringe that musical composition, Plaintiffs possess no infringement claim against any other co-owner of Post To Be or any person acting under any one of those co-owners’ authorization, license, or approval.
The singer is demanding the entire lawsuit be thrown out.
Here’s the backstory: BMG Rights Management sued Omarion, Atlantic Records and DJ Mustard earlier this year in federal court.
The company explained back in 2014, the song “Came To Do” was written by multiple songwriters and featured on Chris Brown’s album ‘X’. One of the writers, Redwine, assigned 50% of the rights to the song to BMG.
Then later in the year, Omarion released his fourth studio album under Atlantic Records which included the track “Post to Be” which they say infringes on Chris Brown’s song, which they own the rights to currently.
The company accused Omarion’s track of being identical in pitches, intervals, rhythmic duration’s and beat placement. Mustard produced the track released by the singer.
BMG filed sued demanding an injunction against Omarion from continuing to illegally profit off their work, along with accounting for the his album sales and damages up to $150k per time the defendants infringed on “Came To Do” and no less than $300k in actual damages.
Listen to Chris Brown – Came To Do (ft. Akon) below.
Listen to Omarion Ft. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko – “Post To Be” below.