In the latest lawsuit concerning copyright infringement, Jazz musician Paul Batiste, founder of the Batiste Brothers Band, is suing a group of 39 defendants. T-Pain, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, and Ace Hood are among the accused of blatant copyright infringement of “every song in Plaintiff’s catalog.”
The 118-page civil action introduces Batiste as having “enjoyed immense success and recognition, both individually and through his work with the Batiste Brothers Band” since 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Most of Batiste’s music is not widely available in digital format.
A collaborative effort in part by the all the defendants on the songs “Freeze,” “All I Do Is Win,” “Booty Wurk,” and “Low” are among over 70 tracks accused of using identical or “strikingly similar” parts of original Batiste works. According to the lawsuit, “defendants have blatantly poached beats, lyrics, melodies, and chords from Plaintiff’s songs.”
In one of many examples, the plaintiff accuses DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” to have infringed upon 6 of Batiste copyrights, such as those of “Louisiana,” “Move That Body,” and “Still (Sing the Blues).”
This might be the biggest face-palm in copyright infringement accusation history. In order for Batiste to have recognized and nitpicked “similarities” between his music and those of T-Pain, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, and Ace Hood, Batiste must have spent numerous hours repeatedly listening to songs like “Booty Wurk” and “Shawty Get Loose.”