Alicia Keys Faces IP Suit Over 'Girl On Fire' Sampling

Law360, New York (December 17, 2012, 11:35 PM EST) -- The songwriter behind Eddie Holman's 1970 hit song "Hey There Lonely Girl" has sued Alicia Keys and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming that Keys' new single "Girl on Fire" illegally samples a portion of his song and infringes on the composition's copyright.

In a complaint filed in the Central District of California on Dec. 10, songwriter Earl Shuman says Keys never asked for permission to sample a few notes from "Lonely Boy/Girl," a song composed in 1962 by Shuman and his writing partner Leon Carr. In addition to...
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