Megan Thee Stallion & Big Sean Sued By Detroit Songwriters For Copyright Infringement Over 2020 Song ‘Go Crazy’
Big Sean and Megan Thee Stallion must appear in federal court.
According to RadarOnline, Megan Thee Stallion and Big Sean, born Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, are being sued by a songwriting duo over accusations of ripping off of a song pulled from Megan Thee Stallion’s 2020 album, Good News. Court documents state that Duawn Payne and Harrell James have a lawsuit against Megan, born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, and Big Sean, Universal Music, and 1501 Certified Entertainment, with the suit seeking unspecified damages. Big Sean and 2 Chainz, born Tauheed K. Epps, was featured on Megan’s ‘Go Crazy,’ but Duawn Payne and Harrell James allege the track is a replica of their earlier work.
Harrell ‘H Matic’ James and Duawn ‘Go Hard Major’ Payne said they wrote the song ‘Krazy’ and posted it on ReverbNation in 2012. The pair said they promoted their music by passing out their CD around Detroit and performing it in multiple venues.
The suit said:
“The Copyrighted Work is an original work of authorship and is particularly unique as a result of its catchy chorus—or hook—the centerpiece of the Copyrighted Work.”
Payne and James said the 27-year-old’s song is a noticeable copy of their track. The songwriters said they share the same title, the hook of both songs are “strikingly similar” and the wording of the chorus’s are identical. They also claim that the timing and melodic sequence are too much alike.
The songwriting duo allege Big Sean, 34, had access to their track being that he is from Detroit. The suit claimed:
“The sale of thousands of physical copies of CD’s featuring the Copyrighted Work on the streets of West Detroit and the parking lots of hip hop clubs in West Detroit frequented by [Big Sean] provide further access of the Copyrighted Work to Defendants.”
The suit explained:
“Upon release, the Infringing Work sold reportedly 100,500 units for the first week of its release. Since the debut, the Infringing Work has reportedly gone platinum, meaning more than one million copies have been sold.”
Payne and James released a cease and desist to the defendants in March 2022 to make them aware of the alleged infringement. However, the song authors claimed Megan and Big Sean proceeded with their “willful and reckless disregard” of their copyrights.
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