Buzzing: Rapper Lamar sued for copyright infringement

Rapper Lamar sued for copyright infringement

Rapper Kendrick Lamar was sued on Thursday for allegedly copying the music from the 1975 Bill Withers song, Don't You Want To Stay, for his song, I Do This, without permission.

According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, he added his own lyrics to a "direct and complete copy" of Withers' music to create I Do This, resulting in copyright infringement.

He has ignored demands to stop exploiting Withers' music and "admitted" to copying it "with a thumb to the nose, catch me if you can attitude", the complaint stated.

The lawsuit was filed by Golden Withers Music and Musidex Music, which said they hold the copyright to Don't You Want To Stay.

Ringo Starr cancels concert

Following Bruce Springsteen's lead, Ringo Starr has cancelled his June 18 concert in North Carolina, in protest against a law that limits bathroom access for transgender people and eliminates local anti-discrimination ordinances based on sexual orientation.

"I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred," Starr wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

Neil Young to headline Montreux Jazz Festival

Folk rock icon Neil Young tops the bill at this year's Montreux Jazz Festival, as it celebrates its 50th edition with big names such as Deep Purple and PJ Harvey, organisers said.

He will perform on July 12, joined by PJ Harvey and Patti Smith. The festival opens on June 30.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline 'Buzzing: Rapper Lamar sued for copyright infringement '. Subscribe