Jury Awards Artist $1M In 'My Humps' Copyright Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (June 23, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT) -- A man who co-wrote a song sampled by the Black Eyed Peas in their pop hit “My Humps” was awarded $1.1 million by a New York federal jury Tuesday, 18 months after winning a copyright suit over the song's license.

The million-dollar award caps a dispute between former Cleveland disc jockey Orrin Lynn Tolliver and James Louis McCants over licensing rights to the song “I Need a Freak.” The song, which Tolliver wrote for the hip-hop group Sexual Harassment, provided the beat to the Black Eyed...
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Case Information

Case Title

Tolliver v. McCants et al

Case Number



New York Southern

Nature of Suit



John F. Keenan

Date Filed

December 28, 2005

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