and rising US rap starlet TRUTH HURTS have been named in a whopping $500million lawsuit alleging copyright infringement.
An Indian Music and film company, Saregama India Ltd, has filed the suit alleging an unlicensed sample from popular Indian artist Lata Mangeshkar’s 20-year old track ‘Thoda Resham Lagta Hai’ was used in Truth Hurts’ breakthrough track ‘Addictive’.
“When you hear it, it’s like, ‘Oh my god, they didn’t even try to get original with it,’ ” Saregama’s lawyer Dedra S. Davis told MTV. “[They didn’t] try to change it up or anything like that.”
The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, on September 12. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for November 22.
While Dr Dre
didn’t produce the track – DJ Quik did – he executive produced debut album ‘Truthfully Speaking, on which it features. His Aftermath label, Interscope Records and its parent company Universal Music Group are also named in the action.
Saregama came to the massive $500million figure based on profits from the sale of ‘Truthfully Speaking’ and the single ‘Addictive’, on lawyer’s fees, and punitive damages. The album has sold more than 273,000 copies in the US.