Chris Brown and Drake‘s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against the pair, which alleges that they ripped off a 2016 song called “I Love Your Dress” for their 2019 hit “No Guidance.”
Last year, Brandon Cooper, also known by his stage name Mr. Cooper, and Timothy Valentine, aka Drum’n Skillz, filed a lawsuit against Brown and Drake claiming that “No Guidance” was a copy of their work on “I Love Your Dress.”
The lawsuit had claimed that an analysis of the beat, lyrics, hook and rhythmic structure demonstrates that “No Guidance” was copied or, at the very least, principally derived from “I Love Your Dress.”
Specifically, they claimed their track has the lyrics “She got it; she got it” repeated 16 times, while CB’s and Drake’s has “You got it, girl; you got it” at least 11 times.
However, the attorney representing Drake and Brown, James Sammataro, rejected the allegations, saying the phrase is too prevalent to be within the realm of copyright law.
“Plaintiffs’ suit is premised upon the alleged similarity [to a] wholly generic lyrical phrase,” Sammataro wrote. “No one, including plaintiffs, can own or monopolize the non-copyrightable phrase ‘you got it,’ and it should come as no surprise that this phrase appears in countless other works.”
“The Court can hear for itself that the total concept and feel of the songs is vastly different,” Sammataro added. “Plaintiffs’ song is a slow, R&B love ballad about the writer’s wife featuring one vocalist and relatively few lyrics. In sharp contrast, ‘No Guidance’ is a faster, longer, and sexually explicit rap and R&B song about a new romantic interest.”
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