Global music superstars, Justin Timberlake and will.i.am are facing proceedings brought claiming their song ÂDamn GirlÂ is infringing copyright.
PK Music Performance are claiming that a substantial portion of the Timberlake song released in 2006 as part his album, was taken from a disco track named ÂA New Day Is Here at LastÂ which is protected by copyright.
The song has been protected by copyright since 1969, originally owned by Perry Kibble. After KibbleÂs death in 1999, his sister Janis McQuinton granted PK Music Performance the rights to renew the copyright license in January of this year.
PK Music Performance are seeking an injunction as well as an award for damages which includes song profits, legal fees and Âactual damagesÂ. They are also pushing for all known copies of the song to be destroyed.
This lawsuit comes at a difficult time for Timberlake who is already engaging in a separate battle in relation to his song ÂSuit & TieÂ. Two members of the band Sly, Slick and Wicked claim the chart topper samples their song ÂSho NuffÂ. It has been reported that payment has already been made for this sample but this has not been confirmed.
The coming few weeks will be a worrying time for Justin who stands to lose the rights over two chart topping hits.