Dr. Luke and the property of the late Juice WRLD face a copyright lawsuit alleging they didn’t credit score a co-writer for the contribution of ‘key parts’ to the 2021 track ‘Not Sufficient.’
Producer Dr. Luke and the property of the late rapper-singer Juice WRLD are being sued by an artist referred to as PD Beats, who says he contributed “key parts” to the 2021 track “Not Sufficient,” however was not credited and has been denied his share of residuals.
Pierre Orpheus DeJournette, whose attorneys filed the lawsuit in California federal courtroom final Tuesday (October 17), claims that because the artist PD Beats, he’s a credited co-writer of the 2021 Juice WRLD track, “Not Sufficient.” However Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) and the property of Juice WRLD (Jarad Anthony Higgins) allegedly refuse to credit score him or present him along with his share of the next income.
The lawsuit claims that PD Beats contributed “unique guitar, efficiency, and manufacturing” to the observe, along with “writing the beats and programming the 808s” (the Roland TR-808 drum machine.) With out his contributions, the track would lack “key parts that kind the premise of the topic track’s viewers enchantment,” DeJournette’s attorneys assert.
DeJournette claims he was listed as a co-writer in sure variations of the credit, however the lawsuit doesn’t specify which of them or the place they are often discovered, and says that he and the opposite writers need to “equally personal the copyrights.” The lawsuit requests judicial declaration that he’s a co-owner, with a court-ordered accounting of the track’s income.
“Defendants have launched, marketed, distributed, and monetized the topic track with out accrediting or offering PD Beats his proportional share of the income,” reads the swimsuit. “Defendants have did not meaningfully reply, necessitating this motion.”
Juice WRLD was a SoundCloud rap pioneer who died in December 2019 of a drug overdose whereas flying on a personal jet from Los Angeles to Chicago. He was 21. “Not Sufficient” launched on his posthumous 2021 album, Combating Demons, and spent per week on the Billboard Scorching 100. The album spent 72 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 2, a much bigger hit total than the track itself.