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Dua Lipa ‘Levitating’ Suits May Be Consolidated, Legal Docs Show

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This latest development in the litigation involving “Levitating,” which has racked up north of two billion total streams on Spotify, came to light in a new filing from counsel for Dua Lipa, Sony Music Publishing and several other defendants.

As for the substantially similar courtroom confrontations’ background details, March saw five members of a 12-year-old reggae group called Artikal Sound System sue Dua Lipa and her fellow “Levitating” songwriters in California. These defendants, Artikal Sound claimed, lifted elements of 2017’s “Live Your Life” without permission to create “Levitating.”

“Given the degree of similarity,” the plaintiffs wrote, “it is highly unlikely that ‘Levitating’ was created independently of ‘Live Your Life.'”

Meanwhile, the other “Levitating” case was filed in a federal court in New York later that month.

In the newer of the cases – which Dua Lipa’s legal team fought back in late August – the plaintiffs claimed that “Levitating” is “substantially similar” to 1979’s “Wiggle and Giggle All Night” (recorded by Cory Daye) and 1980s Spanish-language “Don Diablo” (recorded by Miguel Bosé).

“The ‘Levitating’ writers never heard the LS compositions,” Dua Lipa’s lawyers wrote in support of their motion to dismiss the lawsuit. “The alleged similarities – a descending scale in which each pitch is repeated on evenly spaced notes, and a common harpsichord rhythm – are indefensible, and the result of the casual use of basic musical building blocks. But the court need not reach these matters because the complaint fails to state a claim.”

As mentioned at the outset, new filings have revealed that Dua Lipa’s lawyers are moving to consolidate the actions into a single court.

Specifically, Dua Lipa’s counsel in the New York suit relayed to the presiding judge in a recent update that the defendants sought to move the other case from California.

“We are writing to provide a further update that the Cope Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the Cope Action to the Southern District of New York on November 14, 2022, with the intent that both actions be maintained in a single forum,” the text reads. “We will continue to keep the court informed of the status of that motion.”

Earlier this month, Disney was named in an infringement lawsuit over a song featured in Frozen IIwhile Lawrence Muggerud (better known as DJ Muggs) ended October by dropping his copyright lawsuit against Peloton.

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