The Black Eyed Peas Win "Boom Boom Pow" Legal Battle
Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:03:37
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Over! That's the status of a long-running legal battle between The Black Eyed Peas and an obscure musician over the Peas' smash "Boom Boom Pow."
The artist known as Phoenix Phenom alleged the band's smash 2009 hit used parts of her song "Boom Dynamite," which she claims to have submitted to the Black Eyed Peas' Interscope Records label. That's how she alleges that the band could have heard or had knowledge of her song, as their label had heard it and could have jacked it that way.
Phenom, who was born Ebony Latrice Batts, and her associate Manfred Mohr, filed suit. They accused the group of copyright infringement. The case went to the California courts, and the judge ruled in favor of the band and issued a summary judgment on Friday. AllHipHop.com reports that that judge believed that a jury trial would be a waste of time, and doubted a jury would be able to ascertain "substantial similarity of ideas and expression" between the songs. So it didn't sound similar enough to a judge in order for him/her to send it to a jury to decide.
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