Jamaican dancehall artist and songwriter, Michael May, better known by his stage name Flourgon has filed a lawsuit against award-winning American songstress Miley Cyrus for copyright infringement.
In the copyright complaint filed at a federal court in New York on Tuesday, May claims Miley Cyrus’ multi-platinum single “We Can’t Stop”, which was released in 2013 borrows heavily from his 1988 Jamaican chart-topping hit single “We Run Things.”
“We run things, things don’t run we”, a line which May used in his song also featured in Cyrus’ single. In the complaint, May, who claims to be the originator of that phrase believes “We Can’t Stop” owes its chart-topping and lucrative success to his original work. He has therefore appealed to the court to halt the sale, distribution and performance of the song. May’s attorney also told CNN that $300 million “would be a reasonable compensation.”
Besides Cyrus, May is also suing songwriters Theron Thomas and Timothy Thomas (better known as Rock City), producer Mike Williams (better known as Mike Will Made It) as well as Sony Records and RCA records.
Listen to both songs and share with us your thoughts. Do you think Flourgon has any chance of cashing in on this?