​​Gwen Stefani Beats 'Spark The Fire' IP Lyric Suit

Law360 (October 2, 2018, 8:55 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday threw out a copyright infringement suit accusing Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams of stealing lyrics for their 2014 song "Spark the Fire" from Stefani's former hairstylist, ruling that the plaintiff failed to show substantial similarity between the two works.

U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee found that neither the word pronunciation nor rhythms in Stephani's song are substantially similar to Richard Morrill's song, "Who's Got My Lightah," ruling that "Spark the Fire" did not violate Morrill's copyrights — SR0000777322 and SR0000777325 — and entered summary judgment in the defendants' favor.

"Based on the undisputed evidence,...

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