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Miley Cyrus faces $300M suit alleging copyright infringement

Miley Cyrus faces $300M suit alleging copyright infringement

Born Michael May, the artist claims the song infringes on his single "We Run Things", released in 1988. Instead, he says she jacked his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme.in the realm of self-discovery and self-governings". Producers Mike WiLL Made It and Rock City, Cyrus' manager Larry Rudolph as well as record labels RCA Records and Sony Music are also named in the lawsuit.

May's lawyers claim that large elements of the song are "substantially similar" to "We Run Things", including the song's hook, vocal melody, cadence, inflection and vocal rhythm.

The suit goes on to claim that "We Can't Stop" came at a time when Cyrus was trying to reinvent herself as "edgy", and that her album Bangerz is filled with traces of urban and Caribbean sound.

The 25-year-old singer - whose single hit the number one spot in the United Kingdom when it was released in 2013 - has been accused of stealing the track by a Jamaican musician, who is seeking to stop all further performances and sales.

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May said he sought to protect his work past year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things". "Things no run we".

According to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, the man also wants all sales, distribution and performances of "We Can't Stop" to stop until the case is settled.

The lawsuit points to the most obvious similarity: Flourgon's song contains the lyrics, "We run things".


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