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Black Eyed Peas, BMG File Suit Against Pooping Unicorns

Black Eyed Peas, BMG File Suit Against Pooping Unicorns
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BMG alleges {that a} gaggle of slime-pooping unicorn dolls have ripped off a Black Eyed Peas hit music.

Music writer BMG Rights Administration is suing toymaker MGA Leisure in Manhattan federal court docket on allegations that MGA copied the Black Eyed Peas’ music “My Humps” to market their slime-pooping unicorn dolls, “Poopsie Slime Shock.” The lawsuit says that MGA’s advertising and marketing for the pooping unicorns used an advert that rips off the rap group’s 2005 hit. As a result of BMG says the toy line has earned MGA tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} partially as a result of parody music “My Poops,” they’re asking the court docket for no less than $10 million in damages.

BMG says it owns 75% of the composition copyright in “My Humps,” which reached quantity three on the Billboard Sizzling 100 singles chart and went double platinum within the US. The lawsuit alleges that one in every of MGA’s dolls dances and sings the parody music on the push of its heart-shaped stomach button, along with the advert that includes animated variations of the dolls dancing and singing “My Poops.”

“The Black Eyed Peas have offered thousands and thousands of albums, and their songs have been performed an innumerable quantity of occasions all over the world in varied totally different codecs, together with terrestrial radio, digital radio, movie, and tv,” the lawsuit says. “By all accounts, ‘My Humps’ was a significant smash hit for the Black Eyed Peas, and their affiliation with the music could be very well-known by most of the people.”

The lawsuit cites a number of alleged similarities between “My Humps” and the parody model “My Poops,” together with the melodies, lyrics, chords, and different components carried out by the pooping unicorns.

BMG additionally alleges that the “My Poops” singer sounds “very related” to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.

Finest identified for its Bratz line of dolls, MGA has ignored cease-and-desist notices from BMG, in line with the lawsuit. Neither MGA, BMG, nor their attorneys have responded to requests for remark.