Miley Cyrus sued for $300 million over 'We Can't Stop' copyright infringement

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

The singer from Jamrock goes by Flourgon, and in his lawsuit he says Miley's 2013 song borrows heavily from his tune, "We Run Things". May's lawyers claim that Cyrus and her team used his vocal melody, rhythm, cadence and inflection in a "substantially similar hook".

Funnily enough, "We Can't Stop" was kept from hitting #1 back in 2013 by "Blurred Lines", itself very much the recent precedent for these musically-dubious, legally-murky copyright claims.

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The latest reports come after the dancehall artist, who is said to have filed the complaints Tuesday, accused Cyrus and her hit song of unlawfully taking from his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme... in the realm of self-discovery and self-governing".

The credits for "We Can't Stop" list seven people, including Miley, her producer Mike WiLL Made-It and the two brothers who comprise the duo R. City. It also called for further sales and performances of the song to stop.

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Cyrus' rep and RCA told Variety they will not be commenting on the pending lawsuit.

"We Can't Stop", from Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, was met with initial public backlash for a variety of reasons including its sexualized portrayal of Cyrus, a former child star, its drug-referencing lyrics, and its alleged reappropriation of African American culture. The song peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics.

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Its music video set a VEVO record for most views within 24 hours of release, and now has more than 800 million views. It was directed by Diane Martel.

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