Migos Beat Copyright Suit Over 'Walk It Talk It' Lyrics

By Bill Donahue (November 12, 2019, 4:55 PM EST) -- A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit accusing the rap group Migos of stealing the central lyric to their hit "Walk It Talk It" from an earlier song, ruling that such a short phrase couldn't be monopolized under copyright law.

Rejecting a lawsuit filed by an artist named Leander Pickett, the judge ruled that the lyric "walk it like I talk it" — repeated as the central chorus of the 2018 hit — was too short and unoriginal to be copyrightable.

"Because songwriters must be free to borrow sayings and expressions from popular culture, the Second Circuit and courts...

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