If you were not aware of Dua Lipa due to her pop hits over the past few years, you may have heard her name in the news for other reasons. Recently, Dua Lipa has been sued for copyright infringement for her hit song “Levitating” by not one, but two artists.The first lawsuit was brought by Artikal Sound System, a reggae group, who alleged that Lipa copied a portion of their 2017 song, “Live Your Life.” The second lawsuit was brought by songwriters L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer, who claimed that Lipa ripped off their song “Wiggle and Giggle All Night.” The lawsuit is especially noteworthy because “Levitating” became 2021’s number one Billboard Hot 100 Song of the Year, and has had continued success since.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 12, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Semaya, Scott, "Implications of the Copyright Lawsuits Against Dua Lipa" (2022). AELJ Blog. 321.