Song Writers Suing Rappers For $10 Mill For Copyright Infringement Over Song “24 Hours”
Three songwriters have accused rap royalty of pilfering the beat of their house music song and turning it into the 2014 hit “24 Hours.”
Allen George, Sten Hallström a/k/a Stonebridge and Frederick McFarlane, who wrote 1993 house hit “Back It Up” and own its publishing rights, sued DJ Mustard, 2Chainz and TeeFLii earlier this month for copyright infringement, alleging they stole the beat from their song to create TeeFLii’s hit “24 Hours,” to make “illegal revenues” BOSSIP has learned.
The men wrote the song, and house music singer Robin S. performed it, and the single later appeared on her 1993 album “Show Me Love.” But they said that DJ Mustard, 2Chainz and TeeFLii coopted it to use for “24 Hours,” and the songwriters are now demanding more than $10 million for the alleged theft, court papers say.
“”24 Hours’ copies the composition of the “Back It Up” musical theme and employs one which is beyond a shadow of a doubt substantially similar to its 1993 predecessor composition,” the songwriters’ suit, which was obtained by BOSSIP, states.
The songwriters said they’ve suffered irreparable harm from the defendants “willful” actions and now want their day in court to figure out exactly how much the song made.
Also named in the suit is Mikely Adam a/k/a Mike Free, Sony Music as well as 2Chainz’s company, Ty Epps Music and DJ Mustard’s company “Mustard On That Beat,” which published the song.
The plaintiffs said that DJ Mustard, 2Chainz and TeeFLii have offered to pay them off for using the song, but it was unclear in court papers why their negotiations went nowhere.
None of the defendants responded to the case as of April 23rd.
Check out both songs below. Do you think they sound the same?