A $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit has been filed against Miley Cyrus by a Jamaican songwriter who believes her 2013 song ‘We Can’t Stop’ too closely resembles a song he recorded 30 years ago.
According to Reuters, Michael May, who goes by the stage name Flourgon, reportedly believes 50 per cent of ‘We Can’t Stop’ has been derived from his 1988 song ‘We Run Things’, which went to No. 1 in Jamaica and has been “a favourite for lovers of reggae music worldwide”.
May has accused Miley and her team of misappropriating his material, most notably his lyric “We run things. Things no run we,” which she sings as “We run things. Things don’t run we.”
Take a listen to both and make up your own mind:
We Can’t Stop
We Run Things
Reuters has reported that May says Miley’s song, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, “owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May’s protected, unique, creative and original content.”
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