Sugarhill Music has filed a lawsuit against Warner-Chappell Music over Naughty By Nature’s “Uptown Anthem.”
According to the suit, Warner-Chappell claims that it is co-owner in the copyright of the track, which was released in 1991.
AllHipHop reports that the subject of the suit is the phrase “we gonna,” which is also present on a verse in the song “That’s the Joint” by Funky 4 Plus 1.
The lawsuit claims that “Uptown Anthem” samples the phrase a total of 41 times in the song’s hook, and that the track is being commercially exploited by Warner-Chappell Music and is infringing on the Sugarhill Music’s original copyright.
Sugarhill Music is seeking a full accounting of the profits made from “Uptown Anthem,” as well as damages that may have been “sustained as a consequence of defendants infringement of plaintiffs copyright and to account for and pay to plaintiff all gains, profits and advantages derived by defendants from such infringement of plaintiffs copyright.”