'Saturday Night Live' Comic Sued for Copyright Infringement

Nov 8, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
"Saturday Night Live" comic Andy Samberg is being sued by a St. Louis-based production team alleging he used their music without permission.

Andy Samberg, of NBC's long-running show "Saturday Night Live," is facing a copyright infringement charge, following allegations by a St. Louis-based production team that he used their music without permission.

Aleric Banks, who's also known as "Rick tha Ruler," and Monique Hines filed a lawsuit in New York federal court alleging that Samberg used their music on two sketches that appeared on "Saturday Night Live."

One of the sketches, called "Shy Ronnie," which was performed with pop singer Rihanna, earned an Emmy Award and received millions of views on YouTube. The other sketch was done with Seth Rogen and titled, "Like A Boss." It has received more than 72 million views on YouTube.

Banks and Hines contend Samberg stole their music and changed the lyrics for the 2009 SNL skits and prior recordings Samberg did with his band The Lonely Island.

The duo filed the lawsuit against NBC Universal, Samberg, The Lonely Island, and Universal Republic Records. They are seeking unspecified damages for willful copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.

"Saturday Night Live" has won 31 primetime Emmy awards and is in its 37th season.