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Copyright Infringement: Miley Cyrus hit with $300 Million Lawsuit

It is not the first time that Miley has been sued.

A Jamaican songwriter has sued Miley Cyrus for $300 million on Tuesday after claiming that the singer’s 2013 hit ‘’We Can’t Stop’’ was a copy of the song he recorded in 1988, and that by doing so the singer has infringed his copyright, according to Reuters.

Michael May, the Jamaican songwriter who has sued Miley, claims that his song ‘’We Run Things’’ was a fan favorite in his home country in 1988 and that almost half of the ‘’We Can’t Stop’’ is derived from the same.

May used a popular phrase from her song to prove how Miley allegedly misappropriated his material. While the 1988 song contains the phrase, ‘’We run things. Things no Run We’’, Miley sang it as ‘’We Run Things. Things Don’t Run We’’.

He further claims that in an effort to protect his work, he took to the U.S. Copyright Office last year and that he won ‘’formal copyright protection’’ for all the musical arrangements in ‘’We Run Things’’.

Apart from suing her for damages, the Kingston resident has also approached the U.S. District Court in Manhattan in a bid to stop the further performances and sales of ‘’We Can’t Stop.’’

While there is no mention in the claim about the damages, the lawyers of May, in a press conference, have described the lawsuit as a $300 million case.

Not the First Time

While the amount of damages sought out from Cyrus is astronomical, this is not the first time that the American singer has been taken to the court.

In February 2009, Miley was sued for $4 billion by a Los Angeles Woman who deemed the photo which Miley took with her as offensive. The lawsuit, which was filed in LA County Superior Court, claimed to represent the 1million plus residents of Asian Pacific Islander descent in the Los Angeles area.

Luckily for Cyrus, in November 2009, just a few months after the lawsuit was filed, a judge dismissed it, claiming that by pulling back her eyelids, Miley was not discriminating against people of Asian descent.

Therefore, as far as Miley would be concerned, she would probably be hoping that the fate of the current lawsuit is the same.

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