U.S. News | Olivier Bassil Sues Travis Scott for Copyright Infringement

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Musicians and producers, Olivier Bassil, Benjamin Lasnier, and Lukas Benjamin Leth, have filed a lawsuit in the California Central District Court against the rapper, Travis Scott, and the other credited authors and producers on his hit song “Highest in the Room” for copyright infringement.

The plaintiffs allege that the defendant’s song ripped off their distinctive guitar melody and that the song is a plagiarized version of the guitar melody from the song ‘Cartier’, which was composed by Bassil, Lasnier, and Benjamin.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the song ‘Cartier’ was recorded and subsequently registered with the United States Copyright Office in the year 2019.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the defendants contacted them pretending to be interested in collaboration but went ahead to bridge the rules by exploiting the plaintiff’s work without consent or a license, masquerading as if plaintiff’s music is their own.

The plaintiffs allege that the infringement has caused lots of damages, unfair competition, and loss of profits.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages and their share of the royalties for “Highest in the Room,” which they predict has already earned upwards of $20 million.

The case is ongoing.

Olivier Bassil et al v. Jacques Webster et al

Judge:Michael W Fitzgerald
Court:California Central District Court
Case #:2:20-cv-05099
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed:June 09, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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