Copyright Lawsuit Against Rita Ora, Notorious B.I.G. Estate Finally Dismissed

A lawsuit that was was originally filed in March 2016 by poet Abiodun Oyewole and included not only a 1993 Biggie track “Party and B*****t” but also referred to Rita Ora’s 2012 single “How We Do (Party)” which samples the hook of “Party and B*****t.” The original lawsuit filed alleged that the title of the track and its hook lifted words from his spoken-word track “When The Revolution Comes” released in 1968. Oyewole had sought $24 million in damages from anyone associated with either of the songs included in the lawsuit.  On Wednesday (March 7), United States District Judge Alison J. Nathan decided to dismiss the case against each defendant, for many reasons including failure to state a claim, insufficient process, insufficient service of process and protections under the Fair Use doctrine.


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