Justin Timberlake, Will.i.am Sued by PK Music Performance for Copyright Infringement

Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am were recently served with a lawsuit. PK Music Performance has sued the pair for their 2006 collaboration “Damn Girl.” The song appears on Justin Timberlake&...
Justin Timberlake, Will.i.am Sued by PK Music Performance for Copyright Infringement
Written by Kimberly Ripley

Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am were recently served with a lawsuit. PK Music Performance has sued the pair for their 2006 collaboration “Damn Girl.” The song appears on Justin Timberlake’s 2006 album, “FutureSex/LoveSounds.”

The lawsuit alleges Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am copied a huge chunk of their song from one called “A New Day is Here at Last” by Perry Kibble. PK Music Performance owns the copyright to that song.

Perry Kibble wrote his song in 1969. It was recorded by J.C. Davis. Kibble died in 1999.

The lawsuit is asking for PK Music Performance to be paid its share of profits Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am made from “Damn Girl.” They also want any copies of the song sent to them for destruction. That might be difficult, given the ratio of hard copy to digital pieces of music.

Do you think Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am knowingly copied from Perry Kibble’s song?

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams recently lost a lawsuit in which they were accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” in their collaboration “Blurred Lines.” They were ordered to pay Marvin Gaye’s family $7.3 million.

Here is Perry Kibble’s 1969 song, as recorded by J.C. Davis.

Here is “Damn Girl” by Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am.

What’s your take on the copyright infringement lawsuit?

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