Black Eyed Peas Sued for Plagiarism
Ebony Latrice “Poenix Phenom” Batta and Manfred Mohr filed suit in a Chicago court claiming the Black Eyed Peas had stolen material from their song “Boom Dynamite” and used it to create the Grammy-nominated single “Boom Boom Pow.”
In an interview with AllHipHop News, Mohr’s lawyer, Ira Gould said, “My clients submitted their copyrighted song ‘Boom Dynamite’ to Interscope Records after Interscope had shown interest in some of their music, and the Black Eyed Peas later copied the song when they wrote ‘Boom Boom Pow.’ A simple listening of the two songs will tell you that the songs are substantially similar, and that the hooks of the two songs are virtually identical in rhythm and lyrics.”
This is the third time the Black Eyed Peas have been sued for copyright infringement. They were sued twice in 2009; once by DJ Adam Freeland, who claimed they had stolen parts of his song “Mancry” for their song “Party All the Time,” and once by the “spiritual roots reggae” group Groundation who claimed the Will.I.Am and Fergie collaboration “Voodoo Doll” used parts of their song “Each One Teach One.” –JOE GALBO
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