Dua Lipa recently emerged victorious in a court case where she was accused of copyright infringement. The lawsuit, filed by a Florida reggae group called Artikal Sound System, claimed that Lipa’s popular track “Levitating” had copied their song “Live Your Life.” However, a federal court in Los Angeles dropped the lawsuit, granting Lipa’s motion to dismiss.
The judge found that Artikal Sound System failed to provide sufficient evidence to support their claims. They were unable to prove that the writers of “Levitating” had seen or heard their song. Despite Artikal Sound System’s argument that their song was available on streaming services, performed live, and sold on CDs, the judge deemed their evidence insufficient.
The court did offer Artikal Sound System the option to file a new amended complaint by June 16, allowing them another chance to present stronger evidence. However, the initial ruling in favor of Lipa indicates that the burden of proof lies with the plaintiffs.
Artikal Sound System, based in South Florida and founded in 2012, sought not only profits from “Levitating” but also damages. They demanded a jury trial in their court documents, hoping to resolve the matter in their favor.
This isn’t the only copyright infringement lawsuit that Dua Lipa has faced. Songwriters L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer filed a claim last year, alleging that Lipa copied their 1979 song “Wiggle and Giggle All Night” and the 1980 song “Don Diablo.” The case is still ongoing and includes rapper DaBaby, who recorded on the remix of “Levitating,” as a defendant.
Despite the legal challenges, “Levitating” has been a massive success for Dua Lipa. The song reached the number one spot on Billboard’s 2021 year-end Hot 100 Songs chart after spending an impressive 68 weeks on the chart.
In conclusion, Dua Lipa can celebrate her recent victory in the court case regarding the alleged copyright infringement of “Levitating.” The dismissal of the lawsuit brought by Artikal Sound System indicates that the court found the evidence presented by the plaintiffs insufficient. However, she still faces another copyright infringement lawsuit, which remains ongoing. Regardless of the legal battles, “Levitating” has proven to be a major hit for Lipa, achieving significant success on the music charts.