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Kendrick Lamar sued over Bill Withers sample

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Kendrick Lamar has been accused of copyright infringement over usage of a Bill Withers song, according to court documents acquired by EW.

Mattie Music Group filed the lawsuit Thursday against Lamar, his label Top Dawg Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Music, claiming its 1975 copyright of Withers’ song “Don’t You Want to Stay” was violated with Lamar’s song “I Do This,” which appears on his 2009 eponymous EP. It was later made for sale, according to the lawsuit.

“The musical composition ‘I Do This’ consists of nothing more than new, so-called Rap or Hip Hop lyrics, set to the existing music of ‘Don’t You Want to Stay,'” the lawsuit reads. “Rather, the music of ‘I Do This’ is a direct and complete copy of the music of ‘Don’t You Want to Stay.'”

Musidex, one of the other plaintiffs, sent notice of copyright infringement to Lamar’s attorney in May 2013 and March 2016, according to the lawsuit, seeking to cease and desist the alleged infringement of “I Do This.”

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MMG and the plaintiffs seek a temporary and final injunction on “I Do This” and an unspecified amount of damages.

Lamar’s reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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