Another way to tell your hit is huge is getting sued over it… (we didn’t say it was a good way).
Pop/R&B sensation Ariana Grande along with Sony/ATV, Universal Music Group, and company are being sued by a UK company, who claim her 2013 hit, “The Way,” is infringing on their copyright.
Minder Music, who own the rights to songs written and recorded by The Jimmy Castor Bunch, says Grande ripped the phrase “What we gotta do right here is go back, back into time,” from the disco group’s 1972 song, “Troglodyte,” which featured the phrase, "What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time."
Filed in Nashville federal court, the company is seeking a declaration of willful infringement, a permanent injunction, statutory damages and legal fees, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
If this suit flies, it will set precedence for many more “phrase” driven infringements.