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Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” Song-Theft Case Dismissed

Dua Lipa's copyright infringement case for "Levitating", which was filed last March, has been dismissed. The British pop star's 2020 mega-hit was accused of ripping off Artikal Sound System's 2017 reggae track "Live Your Life", with the singer and her label Warner Records sued.

Artikal Sound System alleged that Lipa and her team came up with a carbon copy of their song in "Levitating". However, on Tuesday (June 6), Reuters reported that U.S. District Judge Sunshine Sykes said that Artikal Sound System had no way of substantiating their accusations. Despite this, the band are able to file a new lawsuit should they wish to, with their attorney Stewart Levy stating that they are contemplating their next move.

The judge also refused to allow them to move the case from Los Angeles to New York, where another "Levitating" copyright case will be heard by songwriters Sandy Linzer and L. Russell Brown. The pair claim their 1979 song "Wiggle And Giggle All Night" and 1980's "Don Diablo", which were performed by Cory Daye and Miguel Bosé, respectively, also resemble Lipa's chart hit. Documents obtained by Billboard last year noted that: "The signature melody is the most listened to and recognisable part of the infringing works and plays a crucial role in their popularity.

"Because video creators frequently truncate the already brief snippets of sound on TikTok, the signature melody often comprises fifty percent or more of these viral videos."

The pair accused Lipa of having "deliberately emulated prior eras". Their lawyers added that: "In seeking nostalgic inspiration, defendants copied plaintiffs' creation without attribution. "Defendants have levitated away plaintiffs' intellectual property. Plaintiffs bring suit so that defendants cannot wiggle out of their wilful infringement."

As well as Lipa and Warner, DaBaby, the rapper who featured on a remix of "Levitating", were named in the lawsuit. Lipa previously admitted that she never expected "Levitating" - which featured on her chart-topping album Future Nostalgia - to become such a smash hit. She confessed: "I can never preempt what song people are going to react to the best but "Levitating" was the first song that helped dictate the rest of the album."

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