Composers of Robin S.'s "Back It Up" claim the "dominant theme" from the 1993 track was willfully co-opted for TeeFLii's 2014 hit.
Hip-hop artist TeeFLii and his collaborators on the 2014 single "24 Hours" have been hit with a copyright lawsuit alleging they ripped off Robin S.'s 1993 track "Back It Up," according to a lawsuit filed in federal district court in New York last week.
The suit was brought by "Back It Up" composers Allen George and Sten Hallström (a.k.a. Stonebridge), as well as the estate of late co-composer Frederick McFarlane and music publisher EMI Blackwood. The plaintiffs accuse TeeFLii -- along with 2 Chainz, DJ Mustard and DJ Ketchup -- of "willful" infringement of the "dominant theme" from the song, albeit "with minor modifications and a tempo change." Sony Music, which wholly owns Epic Records, the label that released the song, was also named as a defendant in the suit.