Greensleeves Publishing has just served Chris Brown and Sony Music with their second lawsuit of the year, alleging the occurrence of copyright infringement. The suit accused Brown of copying Red Rat’s 1997 hit ‘Tight Up Skirt’ in his 2017 single ‘Privacy’. As per the suit, Brown extracted the main elements of the timeless record and used it for his own music “without permission”.
In order for the infringement to prove successful in court, a substantial amount of the original work must be copied. In their song, Red Rats sing “Hey you girl inna di tight upskirt”, which holds much resemblance to Brown’s lyrics “Hey you girl without a tight upskirt”.
Greensleeves is seeking over $500,000 in damages and also another $1,000,000 for the “gains, profits, and advantages obtained by Chris Brown and Sony Music as a result of the alleged copyright infringement. They also wish to prevent any other creations and sales that are substantially similar to the copyrighted works. Be sure to stay tuned for upcoming updates on our Reading Room.
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