Black Eyed Peas Copyright Suit Goes Boom

Law360, New York (October 24, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday dropped a bomb on singer-songwriter Phoenix Phenom's claims that the Black Eyed Peas' hit "Boom Boom Pow" infringed her copyrighted song "Boom Dynamite."

U.S. District Judge John F. Walter granted summary judgment to the band, its record labels and publishers, ruling that a reasonable jury couldn't conclude that the two tracks had any "substantial similarity of ideas and expression."

"While 'Boom Boom Pow' and 'Boom Dynamite' contain similarities, those similarities encompass elements that are not protectable, and plaintiffs have failed...
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Case Title

Ebony Latrice Batts et al v. William Adams, Jr. et al


Case Number

2:10-cv-08123

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Copyright

Judge

John F. Walter

Date Filed

October 28, 2010

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