Frank Ocean Song Uses Swiped Material, Suit Says

Law360, New York (March 7, 2013, 10:07 PM EST) -- Frank Ocean and songwriter James Ryan Ho — known by the stage name Malay — were hit with a copyright infringement suit Wednesday by a songwriter who claims he was robbed of credit for his alleged work on a song that ended up in Ocean’s Grammy-winning album "Channel Orange."

In a complaint filed in California federal court, songwriter Micah Otano lobbed claims against Malay, Ocean and his label the Island Def Jam Music Group, claiming he helped co-write a song that became Ocean’s track “Lost.” He...
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Case Title

Otano v. Ocean et al


Case Number

2:13-cv-01605

Court

California Central

Nature of Suit

Copyright

Judge

Ronald S.W. Lew

Date Filed

March 5, 2013

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