According to her camp, the copyright lawsuit against Dua Lipa’s hit song “Levitating” should be dismissed.
The legal battle over the copyright to “Levitating” continues. Lipa has responded through her lawyers, claiming that she never had access to or exposure to the songs named in the case.
According to the full report by Rolling Stone, the superstar singer and her lawyers intend to dismiss the case through a filing to New York Federal Judge Hon. Katherine Polk Failla.
Lipa’s attorney, Christine Lepera, chastised the songwriters L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer for sparking the controversy.
“The ‘Levitating’ writers never heard the (plaintiffs’) compositions. The alleged similarities – a descending scale in which each pitch is repeated on evenly spaced notes and a common clave rhythm- are unprotectable, and the result of the coincidental use of basic musical building blocks.”
Lepera also represents Clarence Coffee, Jr., Sarah Hudson, and Stephen Kozmeniuk. In the case, she also represents Warner Records Inc., Universal Music Corp., and Sony Music Publishing.
According to the lawyer, there is no evidence that Lipa or her team ever heard the allegedly infringed songs. Arguing that the songs are available on streaming services is reportedly incorrect, as millions of songs are available online.
On top of that, Lepera emphasized that “Don Diablo,” one of the allegedly plagiarized songs, was registered with the United States Copyright Office.
The judge has yet to respond to the conference request before the dismissal motion is scheduled to be filed.
Lipa’s song is the subject of two lawsuits.
Brown and Linzer filed the case in which they recently responded, claiming that the song is a duplication of the opening melody of their song “Wiggle and Giggle All Night.”
Furthermore, the Florida reggae band Artikal Sound System claimed that “Levitating” is a rip-off of their 2017 song “Live Your Life.”
They claimed in the document that they heard the song before 2020 and made a copy of it. They also named Warner Records as a defendant in the lawsuit, claiming profits and damages.
Fans have defended Lipa, claiming that people can go “further” to find more similar songs.
Lipa’s “Levitating” became one of the Billboard Hot 100’s longest-charting songs.