Rick Ross Sues LMFAO For Copyright Infringement

By Matt Cross  |  01/04/2014

Although it was technically filed in 2013, 2014 is seeing its first major copyright dispute. Rick Ross has alleged that “Party Rockers” LMFAO infringed on the copyright to the Rick Ross tune Hustlin’ in their 2011 hit Party Rock Anthem. Specifically, Ross alleges that LMFAO’s phrase “Everyday I’m Shufflin’” represents an unauthorized derivative work of his hook “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” from the aforementioned Ross tune.

Listed as defendants along with LMFAO (Skylar Austen and Stefan Kendal Gordy) are music publisher Kobalt Music – who administers the tune – and KIA Motors – for their use of Party Rock Anthem.

The complaint – courtesy of Hollywood Reporter – alleges that LMFAO capitalized on the fame and success of Hustin’ not just in Party Rock Anthem but in merchandising as well. Ross’ legal team asserted that LMFAO never sought to secure a license or any other permission, as is industry custom.

Ross’ legal team is seeking an injunction, attorney fees, and maximum statutory damages or actual damages.

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