Black Eyed Peas Sued Over Plagiarism

Nov 4, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
Black Eyed Peas Sued Over Plagiarism

In the second plagiarism lawsuit against the Black Eyed Peas this year, a Texas songwriter claims the band based its hit "I Gotta Feeling" on one of his own songs, the Toronto Sun reports. 

The songwriter, Bryan Pringle, filed the lawsuit recently in federal court in Santa Ana, California, claiming the band's popular song was based on his track called "Take a Dive."

Pringle claims he copyrighted his song in 1998 and submitted demo material to Interscope Records, UMG Recordings and EMI during a period of 10 years, the news provider said. He claims the music executives said they received the demos but were not interested in signing him.

The case comes on the same day that a similar lawsuit dating back to January against the group was refiled. In that suit, musician Phoenix Phenom claimed the lyrics and rhythm in her song "Boom Dynamite" were copied in the Black Eyed Peas hit "Boom Boom Pow."

In both cases, court documents allege that the Black Eyed Peas were involved in a "pattern and practice of intentional copyright infringement with respect to the unlawful copying of songs of unknown or lesser-known artists."

Pringle's lawsuit is seeking damages, future credits and royalty payments, according to court documents.