The newest update to the Yellowcard and Juice WRLD lawsuit doesn’t have anything to do with the lawsuit at all. Closely following the lawsuit filing in late October, a YouTuber made a mashup of the two songs in question.
The lawsuit stems from Yellowcard claiming Juice WRLD stole elements from their song “Holly Wood Died” for his breakthrough track “Lucid Dreams”.
This mashup was bound to happen eventually as people are very talented with what they can do with mashups these days. No one ever though a Post Malone/Hawthorne Heights mashup would sound good and here we sit today.
Anyway, the mashup does show some very obviously similar elements between the two songs. Whether that was intentional or not, we’ll let you decide. Check it out below.
The tempo and cadences are incredibly similar but whether or not it’s a copy enough to be sued is best left to the experts.
More on the Yellowcard Lawsuit
Yellowcard has filed a lawsuit against emo rapper Juice WRLD for alleged similarities between their respective tracks. The disbanded scene favorite claim the rapper’s 2018 mega-hit “Lucid Dreams” infringes on their “Holly Wood Died” released in 2006. They’re seeking $15 million in damages over copyright infringement, according to Billboard.
Former Yellowcard members William Ryan Key, Sean Michael Wellman-Mackin, Peter Michael Mosely and Longineu Warren Parsons filed the complaint Monday in the U.S. District Court in California. While Key and Mackin were with the band until their final show in 2017, Mosely and Parsons departed previously. However, they were all with the band upon Lights And Sounds 2006 release, the album that houses “Holly Wood Died.”
This isn’t the first time Juice has been accused of ripping off another track. A 16-year-old producer claimed the same against “Lean Wit Me” in January. The rapper has also been entrenched in a legal battle over “Lucid Dreams” in the past. Previously, Sting—whose “Shape Of My Heart” appears as a sample in the track—took Juice to court over royalties.
In the new complaint, Yellowcard alleges Juice WRLD (aka Jarad A. Higgins) and his collaborators ripped “melodic elements” from their track without permission.
“Defendants copied the Original Work without license or consent, and have exploited the subsequent Infringing Work and Infringing Sound Recording to their collective benefit without regard to Plaintiffs’ rights and to Plaintiffs’ detriment,” the filed complaint reads. “The Infringing Work and Infringing Sound Recording directly misappropriates quantitatively and qualitatively important portions of Plaintiffs’ Original Work in a manner that is easily recognizable to the ordinary observer. The Infringing Work and Infringing Sound Recording are not only substantially similar to the Original Work, but in some places virtually identical.”
In addition to Higgins, the complaint names several other co-defendants. Taz Taylor (aka Danny Lee Snodgress Jr.)—as well as his publishers Taz Taylor Beats, Artist 101 Publishing Group and publishing administrator Kobalt Music Services—are listed. Producer Nicholas Mira and his publishers Nick Mira Publishing, Electric Feel Music and publishing administrator Songs of Universal are also named. BMG Right Management, label Grade A Productions and its parent company Interscope Records round out the filing.
As stated, the band are seeking damages in excess of $15 million and “running royalty and/or ownership share” moving forward. Alternatively, they’re seeking statutory damages “for each act of copyright infringement.” They’re also requesting that each of the defendants named be “permanently enjoined” from exploiting “Lucid Dreams” from here on out.
“Lucid Dreams” catapulted Juice WRLD to success in mid-2018. It reached No. 2. on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually a 5x time platinum certification. As a result, Yellowcard are also alternatively seeking more than the recording revenue. The band’s filing states the song allowed him “substantial opportunities to tour and perform around the world,” launching his career. They’re alleging they’re owed damages from the rapper’s concerts and public appearances due to his “overwhelming success.”
The two songs can be heard separately below.
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