Rick Ross Sues LMFAO for Copyright Infringement
Two summers ago, LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” was ubiquitous, from the radio to television commercials to award shows. Now, more than a year since the duo broke up, Rick Ross is going after LMFAO’s hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross and former producer partner Jermaine Jackson filed the lawsuit in Florida federal court. The two claim the LMFAO song bears similarities to the hook in Ross’ breakout hit “Hustlin’” and are seeking an injunction and maximum statutory damages against the group, publisher Kobalt Music Group, and Kia Motors America.
According to the lawsuit: "The use of 'Hustlin' ' in 'Party Rock Anthem' is readily apparent, despite the slight change from 'Everyday I’m hustlin' …' to 'Everyday I'm shufflin' …' and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work."
As well, Ross and Jackson go after the duo’s performing, claiming the line’s delivery is similar to the rapper’s: "[“Party Rock Anthem” was] performed in a manner to sound like [Ross' own and] is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin'.”
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After hits like “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO called it quits in September 2012, with a statement at the time explaining RedFoo and SkyBlu wouldn’t perform on stage together from that point onward. However, since then, their disbanding looks more amicable, with both members performing and going about their music careers separately.
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