According to a report published by Billboard, defunct pop-punk band Yellowcard are suing Chicago rapper Juice WRLD, the stage name pseudonym of Jarad A. Higgins.
According to a complaint filed on Monday (October 21st 2019) in the U.S. District Court in California, the former members of Yellowcard are suing Juice WRLD for copyright infringement over his 2018 breakthrough single ‘Lucid Dreams’, claiming that it plagiarises their 2006 song, ‘Holly Wood Died’.
The band state that it has stolen melodic elements from their track, and as such they’re suing for damages in excess of $15 million, and along with this they’re claiming for “a running royalty and/or ownership share” on any future royalties ‘Lucid Dreams’ makes, or, alternatively, statutory damages “for each act of copyright infringement”.
You can listen to the two songs below.
The members of Yellowcard are also claiming for damages owed from Juice WRLD‘s touring, and other live performances of the song, given the “overwhelming success” of the song, and that it practically launched his career and allowed him “substantial opportunities to tour and perform around the world”.
Richard Busch, the band’s attorney, issued a statement about the lawsuit, in which he explained the following.
“This was not a lawsuit the guys wanted to file. They put all of the parties on notice a long while ago and gave them every opportunity to try to resolve it. That notice was pretty much ignored leaving them with no real choice. As alleged in the Complaint, this is not just a generic emo rap song, but is a blatant copy of significant original compositional elements of ‘Holly Wood Died’ in several respects. Beyond that, everything we have to say is in the Complaint.”
At the time of writing, there appears to be no public response from Juice WRLD directly, or an affiliated representative.
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