In a shocking turn of events, Rick Ross has lost his lawsuit against Hip-Pop duo LMFAO after he claimed they stole and twisted his lyrics for their mega-hit, “Party Rock Anthem.”
According to documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams wasn’t compelled to label Rozay’s “Everyday I’m Hustlin'” quote from his 2006 smash “Hustlin'” as copyrightable when it came to LMFAO’s catchphrase of “Everyday I’m Shufflin.”
“The question presented, however, is not whether the lyrics of Hustlin’, as arranged in their entirety, are subject to copyright protection,” Judge Williams wrote. “The question is whether the use of a three word phrase appearing in the musical composition, divorced from the accompanying music, modified, and subsequently printed on merchandise, constitutes an infringement of the musical composition ‘Hustlin’. The answer, quite simply, is that it does not.”
She even went on to cite that similar cases where the phrases “you got the right one, uh-huh,” “holla back,” “we get it poppin’,” and “caught up” also failed to meet the originality threshold when divorced from the actual music.
Ross first filed his suit in January of 2014 just as “Party Rock Anthem” was crowned the third-best selling digital song of all-time (with sells in the upward of 10 million downloads). LMFAO also went on the record calling Ross a fraud, but that’s another story.
The lawsuit would have been a huge cash out for the Maybach Music top dog as Kobalt Music Publishing, ad agency David & Goliath and automaker Kia Motors America were also named in the suit. Judge Williams also tossed out the notion that LMFAO’s successful run of “Shufflin'” t-shirts sales would be misconstrued for Ross’ “Hustlin'” brand.
The full court document can be read here. Rozay still has a chance in the legal portion of copyright infringement for the actual record. If Robin Thicke and Pharrell can lose a case after to sampling “a feeling,” it’s a safe assumption to say he has a shot.