3 Count: Truth Settles

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1: Lizzo Settles Truth Hurts Copyright Battle with Former Collaborators

First off today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that Lizzo has reached a settlement with her former collaborators over her hit song Truth Hurts.

The lawsuit was filed by Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen and Justin ‘Yves’ Rothman. According to the lawsuit, the trio collaborated with Lizzo in 2017 to create the song, which included an unreleased song entitled Healthy that they had created. Specifically, the trio targeted various lyrics that they said were written by them, including the famous, “I did a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch,” line.

The judge dismissed the first iteration of the lawsuit but allowed them to refile. That too was largely dismissed, with the rest of the case slowly moving forward. However, now the sides have reached a confidential settlement that brings the case to an end.

2: Shenseea & Interscope Records Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit Over “Lick”

Next up today, Devi Seitaram at Urban Islandz reports that musician Shenseea and her label, Interscope Records, are being sued for $10 million over her song Lick.

The lawsuit was filed by Anastas “Pupa Nas-T” Hackett, who claims that the defendants willfully copied his song Work without a license or attribution. According to the defendants, the song is a sample of a song named Work by Denise Belfon and they received all the needed permissions from Belfon to release the song.

However, the lawsuit claims that the song itself was actually created by Hacket with Belfon and, as such, not all the rights in the song were cleared. Further, Hacket says that he deliberately withheld his permissions, citing “inadequate terms” that were offered.

3: Bungie “Aware” of Destiny Fan Video Takedowns

Finally today, Tom Phillips at Eurogamer reports that video game maker Bungie has responded to fans complaining about copyright notices on their YouTube videos saying that they are aware of them but they are not responsible for them.

Several channels have been impacted by these takedowns, which target music tracks from the series as well other audio from the game Destiny 2. In a tweet, the company said that the notices were not from them or their partners.

This is supported by the fact that Bungie’s own YouTube channels have also been hit, raising more questions about where the copyright notices are coming from.

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