Yellowcard Are Still Suing Juice Wrld Following the Rapper’s Death
Former pop-punk act Yellowcard are continuing their $15 million copyright complaint against Juice Wrld, even after the rapper's death.
In October, news emerged that the defunct Florida rockers were seeking to file suit against the Chicago-based Juice Wrld over the late entertainer's 2018 hit "Lucid Dreams." In the complaint, the band claim "Lucid Dreams" lifts "melodic elements" from their 2006 song "Holly Wood Died." Yellowcard are best known for 2004's "Ocean Avenue."
On Dec. 8, Juice Wrld died after suffering a seizure at Chicago Midway International Airport. The 21-year-old rapper had arrived in his hometown on a flight from Los Angeles earlier that morning. Over the ensuing days, many musicians paid tribute to the rock-influenced rapper.
Immediately following Juice Wrld's death, a stoppage on the case understandably surfaced. But court documents obtained by XXL Tuesday (Dec. 17) show that the complaint will proceed.
This week, Yellowcard filed a motion to extend the amount of time the rapper's co-defendants (which include Juice Wrld's co-writers, publishers and record labels) have to respond to the complaint. The defendants' response was originally due Dec. 9. Now, that's received an extension to Feb. 4, 2020.
The original complaint from Oct. 21 was filed in U.S. District Court in California by former Yellowcard band members William Ryan Key, Peter Michael Mosely, Longineu Warren Parsons and Sean Michael Wellman-Mackin. It alleges the "melodic elements" mentioned above found use by Juice Wrld and his collaborators without the band's permission. They're seeking damages over $15 million, including future profits from the song or other statutory payments.
Last week, Yellowcard's litigator Richard Busch responded to Digital Music News about the lawsuit. "As alleged in the complaint, this is not just a generic emo-rap song but is a blatant copy of significant original compositional elements of 'Holly Wood Died' in several respects," he said.
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