The U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee. has just dismissed a countersuit filed against Lizzo for her truth Hurts song.
In October of 2019, Lizzo sued brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, and Yves Rothman for claiming to co-own her single, “Truth Hurts”. Out of the claim, Lizzo wanted a judicial declaration that the three did not co-author the track.
The men responded by countersuing Lizzo this past February. They presented the claim that “Truth Hurts” largely took inspiration from a song they worked on with Lizzo, called “Healthy”.
The court responded to the countersue stating, “a joint author of one copyrightable work does not automatically gain ownership of a derivative work in which the joint author had no hand in creating.”
While granting Lizzo’s motion to dismiss the counterclaim, the court told the Raisen’s and Rothman that they could take time to amend their case. The men have until September 4 to adjust their suit.
Justin Raisen’s attorney, Larry Iser, provided a response to the new court ruling. Iser emphasized that they will not allow Lizzo to continue denying the men’s substantial contributions to the Grammy-winning song.
Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Yves Rothman and will not be backing down in this fight.
After Lizzo’s initial claim in October 2019, the Raisen brothers shared with Pitchfork that they were told if they spoke to The New York Times, Lizzo’s team would never credit them. Three days after this statement was made, Lizzo’s lawyer Cynthia S. Arato told Pitchfork the statement was false.
It is hard to make sense of this case, being such big fans of our Queen Lizzo.
We’ll be keeping our eyes on new developments come September.
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