Ex-Disney star and current pop icon Miley Cyrus is being sued for $300 million for her 2013 single “We Can’t Stop” in a copyright infringement case.
Jamaican songwriter Michael May AKA “Flourgon”, filed a complaint on Tuesday, claiming that Miley’s hit infringes upon his 1988 single titled “We Run Things.” His track was a no. 1 hit in Jamaica and he attests that 50% of “We Can’t Stop” comes from his song.
May is arguing that the song “substantially incorporated” his vocal melody, rhythm, cadence, and inflection. There also lyrical similarities such as Miley’s “We run things. Things don’t run we” and May’s lyrics “We run things. Things no run we.”
May is not only suing Miley but is hoping to put a stop to further sales and performances of the song. “We Can’t Stop” made it to no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013. No. 1 that year was Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which was also accused of copyright infringement involving Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up”. Marvin Gaye’s estate won the multi-million dollar lawsuit.
It is unclear yet whether May will win and Miley’s representatives are declining comment until the lawsuit is over.
Do you think that Miley ripped off May? Have a listen to both tracks bellow and tell us your verdict in the comments.