May 11, 2021

Kidd Wes - This Is Protecting Copyright

Rapper Kidd Wes, real name Emelike Nwosuocha, has filed a copyright infringement claim alleging Childish Gambino has copied his song “Made In America”.

In 2018, Childish Gambino released “This Is America”, a powerful song about issues including racial inequality, police brutality and gun violence, which went on to win best song of the year at the Grammy Awards. However, Nwosuocha has alleged the song is substantially similar to his track “Made In America”, released two years earlier on SoundCloud, a music-playing platform similar to Spotify where artists can upload their tracks.

He has alleged the songs share the same lyrical theme, structure, rhythm, and timing, especially in the chorus. In favour of the claim, a musicologist employed by Nwosuocha has reported “the similarities are likely not coincidences”.

Childish Gambino’s manager has denied all claims, reportedly saying that they have the computer software to prove that “This Is America” actually dates back to 2015, and therefore before Nwosuocha’s track, despite its release three years later. Nwosuocha is seeking trial and damages for loss of profits and opportunities. We will report any updates on the case.

If you have any questions about this or any other IP issue, please get in touch with the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000, or by email at legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Posted by: Megan Walker in: Copyright, EU/International

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