The copyright infringement lawsuit against Chris Brown and Drake for the use of the phrase “you got it” in their 2019 summer song “No Guidance” has been amended to drop the Toronto-bred rapper from the suit.
According to Billboard, songwriters Brandon Cooper aka Mr. Cooper and Timothy Valentine also known as Drum’n Skillz who initially filed the suit back in October 2021 are now listing Brown as the sole defendant in the lawsuit.
“It is hereby ordered and adjudged that defendant Aubrey Drake Graham a/k/a Drake is dismissed with prejudice and without costs or attorneys’ fees as against any party,” a clipping from the lawsuit shows on Wednesday (April 27).
“In dismissing this case, the Court notes that Mr. Graham started from the bottom—being named as a defendant—now we’re here—a dismissal with prejudice.”
The songwriters claim that artists used elements from their song “I Love Your Dress,” which was released in 2016 prior to the Grammy-nominated hit.
Brown’s legal team responded to the accusations in a new filing and stated: “This is not a close call. Posting a song on the Internet—such that the song is 1 out of 82 million songs on Spotify or posted by one of Instagram’s 1 billion users—and a one-time public performance do not constitute widespread dissemination as a matter of law,” Complex reports.
A March filing requested for the case to be dismissed “in its entirety with prejudice.”
Drake and Brown’s teams both have stated that artists were unaware of the song “I Love Your Dress” before collaborating on “No Guidance.”
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