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

14 March 2018, 10:12 | Regina Holmes

Miley Cyrus sued for $300 million for allegedly stealing 'We Can't Stop'

Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform a medley of

Miley Cyrus has been slapped with a multi-million dollar lawsuit from a Jamaican reggae singer who claims the pop star ripped off his signature track in her smash hit single "We Can't Stop".

The suit says at the time Cyrus released her song, she had reinvented herself as "edgy" and her new music had traces and hints of urban or Caribbean sound.

Michael May - also known as Flourgon - is suing Cyrus and Sony, plus several songwriters and producers, to the tune of $300 million for allegedly stealing lines from his 1988 track "We Run Things", according to documents obtained by the Daily News.

The lawsuit points to the most obvious similarity: Flourgon's song contains the lyrics, "We run things". You check out the two songs below for comparison.




Funnily enough, "We Can't Stop" was kept from hitting #1 back in 2013 by "Blurred Lines", itself very much the recent precedent for these musically-dubious, legally-murky copyright claims. "Things don't run we".

They argue that Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content". The lawsuit carries hefty demands, with an injunction to halt sales and further performances of the song, a full-fledged trial by jury, along with damages and attorney's fees.

"We Can't Stop" was the first single from Cyrus" career-transforming fourth album "Bangerz". He alleges both songs have the theme of "defiant audaciousness in the realm of self-discovery and self-governance".



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