Miley Cyrus sued for $300 million over 'We Can't Stop' copyright infringement

Wendy Jensen
Марта 15, 2018

In a suit filed in the Southern District court of NY yesterday, May claims that Cyrus's 2013 Bangerz hit "We Can't Stop" owes "approximately Fifty Percent (50%) of the substantive content", as well as its "chart-topping popularity to and...highly-lucrative success", to his 1988 Jamacian hit "We Run Things".

May, who sings under the stage name Flourgon, sued Cyrus in a federal court in NY, according to The Blast.

According to Reuters, May has accused the singer of misappropriating his material, pointing to the phrase "We run things".

The most recent example reportedly involves Miley Cyrus and her 2013 song "We Can't Stop" - specifically the lyrics "We run things / Things don't run we".

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"A little thing a gwaan, it sound similar to my song, but my lawyer said I am not to talk to anybody, so no comment right now", Flourgon, whose real name is Michael May, told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills on Tuesday afternoon. The publication summed up the lawsuit by saying "Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not stopping is the same thing as him saying he 'runs things'".

Flourgon's track never charted in the U.S., and was released four years before Miley was born.

Cyrus "dramatically changed her style of dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression and sultriness associated with US-based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music", the lawsuit said. Flourgon and his legal team are also asking the courts to stop Miley Cyrus from further performing and profit off the single.

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