Ariana Grande, Sony/ATV, UMG Recordings and others have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over ‘The Way,’ reports THR.
The plaintiff is Minder Music, a UK entity which owns rights to songs written and recorded by The Jimmy Castor Bunch, an American disco and funk group that achieved success in the 1970s. One song in particular was 1972’s ‘Troglodyte,’ which included the spoken phrase, ‘What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time.’
Re phrase has showed up in the works of others, including N.W.A and Christina Aguilera. It’s ‘iconic,’ says Minder Music, and can’t be used without license. It sounds ‘substantially similar’ to ‘What we gotta do right here is go back, back into time.’
Minder Music is seeking a declaration of willful infringement, a permanent injunction, statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement, and further attorneys’ fees.