Chris Brown and Drake Argue Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over “No Guidance” Is ‘Baseless’
Drake and Chris Brown said the copyright infringement lawsuit against the 2019 song “No Guidance” was “inadequate. ” Chris Brown and Drake are seeking a federal judge to dismiss the case, Billboard reported. The duo, who were unveiled by Brandon Cooper and Timothy Valentine in October, claimed the superstars bought their own song “I Love Your Dress” in 2016 and made “No Guidance. ”
Cooper and Valentine allege Brown and Drake‘s play included the “Take it” slander. James G. Sammataro, an attorney representing Drizzy and Breezy, denied the allegations, saying the testimony was too common to be within copyright law.
“I‘m not going to let you get to “The plaintiffs‘ case is based entirely on an allegation of similarity to a general lyrical statement,” he said. “No one, including plaintiffs, can own or monopolize the copyrighted ‘you have received‘ statement, and it should come as no surprise that this statement appears in countless other works. ”
In October, Cooper and Valentine‘s complaint listed other similarities between the songs, saying drake and brown‘s track “I Love Your Dress” was “copied” or “derived” from the “beat, lyrics, hook, rhythmic structure, metric layout and narrative context. ”
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Sammataro dismissed that notion in his response, adding:
“I‘m not going to do that.
“The court can hear for itself that the total concept and feel of the songs is very different,” he wrote. “Plaintiffs‘ song is a slow, R&B love song about the author‘s wife, featuring a vocalist and relatively few lyrics. In contrast, ‘No Guidance‘ is a faster, longer and sexually explicit rap and R&B song about a new romantic interest. ”
In addition, Sammataro said Cooper and Valentine failed to find songs that were mandatory in brown and drake‘s copyright infringement case, adding that the case was based on “speculative claims. ” Drake‘s “No Guidance” appeared on Chris Brown‘s album Indigo in June 2019. The song peaked at number 5 in October 2019 and was later nominated for Best R&B Song at the Grammys.
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