Late last month, Rapper Tyler (“Tyler”) was sued in the Central District of California with case number 2:18-cv-02373 by Lela Weems, a descendant of songwriter Herman Weems, for copyright infringement.
According to the suit, the defendant (Tyler) sampled a 1971 soul song, “Why Can’t There Be Love,” in his 2015 hit, “Deathcamp” without permission and did not go into agreement for the composition licenses for the Copyrighted Works although the defendant gave a written credit in the song’s notes to Weems.
Herman Weems composed the song and it was performed by Dee Edwards.
Plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, damages and statutory damages for willful copyright infringement.
“Deathcamp” was the lead single on the rapper’s album, “Cherry Bomb,” which was released in 2015. The single was so popular that it reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 list and was played over 1.6 million times on YouTube. “Cherry Bomb” was part of Tyler’s third studio album, released by Odd Future Records and Columbia Records, both of whom are also named as defendants in the complaint.
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Sit tight as the rapper responds to these accusation.