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Miley Cyrus Settles $300 Million Copyright Suit Over “We Can’t Stop”

Miley Cyrus Settles $300 Million Copyright Suit Over “We Can’t Stop”

Miley Cyrus Settles $300 Million Copyright Suit Over "We Can't Stop"
Source: Youtube
Miley Cyrus Settles $300 Million Copyright Suit Over "We Can't Stop"
Source: Youtube

The terms of the settlement are still unclear.

Miley Cyrus has settled a two-year-long copyright bout over one of her biggest songs of the decade.

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According to a Reuters report, Jamaican songwriter Michael May filed suit in March 2018, claiming Cyrus’ 2013 smash, “We Can’t Stop,” lifted the line “We run things/ things don’t run we” from his song “We Run Things,” released in 1988 as Flourgon. May argued the line resembled his own, “We run things/things no run we,” while Cyrus’ legal camp contended the lyric wasn’t eligible for copyright, as it was essentially a cleaned-up version of the patois phrase, “wi run tings, tings nuh run wi.” Nonetheless, May seems to have made enough of a case to secure a bag. However, the terms and amount included in the settlement are still unclear.

READ: Chuck D Sues Publishing Company Over Copyrights to 28 of His Songs and Unpaid Royalties

“We Can’t Stop” was the lead single off Cyrus’ Bangerz album. It debuted and peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, bested by Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines,” which had its own set of very public copyright battles with the Marvin Gaye estate.

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