Black Eyed Peas Face More Legal Trouble

The Black Eyed Peas are facing another plagiarism lawsuit – their second this year.

Texas songwriter Bryan Pringlefiled papers in federal court in Santa Ana, California on Thursday, alleging that the group based their hit I Gotta Feeling on his track Take a Dive.

Pringle says he copyrighted his single in 1998 and submitted the demo to Interscope Records, UMG Recordings and EMI over a 10 year period.

Another lawsuit against the group dating back to January was also refiled this week.

Chicago songwriting duo Ebony Latrice Batts and Manfred Mohr allege the Peas ripped off the song Boom Dynamite for their hit Boom Boom Pow.

They claim they had submitted their track to the Peas’ label a year before Boom Boom Pow was released in March 2009.

“A simple listening of the two songs will tell you that the songs are substantially similar, and that the hooks of the two songs are virtually identical in rhythm and lyrics,” says their lawyer.

Documents for both cases allege UMG Recordings, Interscope Records and members of the Black Eyed Peas engaged in “a pattern and practice of intentional copyright infringement with respect to the unlawful copying of songs of unknown or lesser-known artists”.

The plaintiffs are asking for monetary damages including all net profits from the disputed tracks as well as all future royalties.


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