Black Eyed Peas’ Hit Record ‘My Humps’ At Center Of $10 Million Copyright Lawsuit After Tune Was Allegedly Ripped Off By Toy Company
Owners of the chart-topping single “My Humps” are demanding a major toy company pay up for using the hit song.
According to reports, BMG Rights Management – who owns 75% of the Black Eyed Peas song – has filed a lawsuit against MGA Entertainment, accusing them of plagiarizing the record in a toy commercial.
Reportedly, a promotional video for the company’s line of pooping unicorns – Poopsie Slime Surprise – used the melody for a significant portion of their promo song. The suit reportedly highlights how identical the two songs are in melody, chord progression, and the woman vocalist featured on the track. Additionally, the lawsuit notes that popular lyrics of the Grammy Award-winning song such as:
“Whatcha gon’ do with all that junk – All that junk inside your trunk? – I’ma get, get, get, get you drunk – Get you love drunk off my hump,”
were switched out for lyrics tailored towards the promotion of the pooping unicorns, such as:
“What ya gonna do with all that poop – all that poop- woo woo – I’m gonna poop oh poop poop oh yea – Gonna get loopy off my poopie.”
Reportedly, BMG argues that the toy company has profited millions of dollars by using the promotional video, which allegedly mirrors “My Humps.” They are reportedly seeking $10 million in damages.
The 2005 record, performed by the famed band The Black Eyed Peas, certainly amassed critical acclaim. Following its rise to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 during its premiere month, the song also won the group Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. Comprised of superstar performers Fergie, Will.I.Am., Taboo and APL.DE.AP, “My Humps” remains one of the band’s most well-known records to date.
Reportedly, BMG sent a cease-and-desist notice to MGA upon discovering the song. However, the toy company allegedly opted to ignore the order.
T.I. and Tiny Harris also found themselves in a similar suit against the same company recently. The musical couple filed a counter-lawsuit against MGA, after the toy company claimed the girl group OMG Girlz — founded by Tiny Harris — was too similar to their O.M.G. Doll line.
However, Harris rebutted the suit, claiming that the O.M.G. Dolls – which debuted in 2016 – stole the likeness of her and the OMG Girlz, who began releasing music in 2009.
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