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Drake dismissed from song-theft lawsuit over his Chris Brown collab

Artist News Business News Labels & Publishers Legal The songwriters who have accused Chris Brown and Drake of ripping off one of their tracks on the 2019 hit No Guidance have dismissed their legal claims against the latter but not the former. Though its not currently entirely clear why. Singer Braindon Cooper and producer Timothy Valentine sued Brown and Drake last year claiming that No Guidance rips off their 2016 track I Love Your Dress. In their lawsuit the plaintiffs said that in addition to containing similar beat patterns the melody and lyrics used in the chorushook of No Guidance – you got it girl you got it – are so strikingly similar to those used in the chorus of I Love Your Dress that they cannot be purely coincidental.

Brown and Drake were pretty scathing in their response to that lawsuit saying in a legal filing in January that Cooper and Valentines litigation was entirely premised upon the alleged similarity between the wholly generic lyrical phrase you got it and the alleged similar and unoriginal theme of a hard-working attractive woman.

They added No one including plaintiffs can own or monopolise the non-copyrightable phrase you got it and it should come as no surprise that this phrase appears in countless other works. Also lyrical themes are simply unprotectable as a matter of law. Cooper and Valentine then hit back at those claims arguing that Brown and Drake had ignored their expert musicologists conclusion that the two works share a high degree of combined similar features. And that while each of those features in isolation may be common in plenty of previous songs the way those features are combined in both I Love Your Dress and No Guidance are not.

As the dispute continues to go through the motions Cooper and Valentines legal reps made a new filing with the court on Monday stating that all claims asserted against Aubrey Drake Graham aka Drake … shall be and hereby are dismissed with prejudice and without costs or attorneys fees as against any party. Its not clear if that dismissal was the result of some kind of deal being done with Drake or whether Cooper and Valentine have simply decided that their case against Brown is stronger.

Although the plaintiffs theory for how the defendants might have had access to I Love Your Dress before creating No Guidance was based on Cooper sending music to an A&R rep linked to Drakes then label Cash Money Records so youd think Drakes involvement in writing No Guidance is kind of key to their claim. Whatever. Browns legal reps continue to try and get the judge to dismiss this lawsuit outright. If that bid fails it will be interesting to see how this particular song-theft legal battle now progresses.

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