Miley Cyrus Sued for Copyright Infringement Over "We Can't Stop"

Miley Cyrus sued for $300 million for allegedly stealing 'We Can't Stop'

The plaintiff, Michael May, better known by his stage name Flourgon, claims in the suit that "We Can't Stop" closely resembles his 1988 reggae track, "We Run Things".

According to Reuters, May has accused the singer of misappropriating his material, pointing to the phrase "We run things".

"We Can't Stop" was written and produced by Mike Will Made It, P-Nasty, and Rock City, with additional writing from Cyrus as well as Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (presumably because the song's chorus borrows a line from their 1985 track, "La Di Do Di").

May's specific complaints include an assertion that "We Can't Stop" has a "substantially similar hook" to "We Run Things".

In the suit, Flourgon argued that Miley Cyrus undergo some drastic changes in "her style of dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression, and sultriness associated with US-based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music". The publication summed up the lawsuit by saying "Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not stopping is the same thing as him saying he 'runs things'".

Representatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

May said he sought to protect his work past year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things".

Mind you, Flourgon's song never charted in the USA, and it came out 4 years before Miley was born, but anyway. here's his claim. "The lawsuit does not specify any damages, but his lawyers called it a "$300 million case".

"We Can't Stop", from Cyrus' album "Bangerz", peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

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