Jake Paul's Christmas Just Got Less 'Lit': YouTuber Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

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Jake Paul attends the Fashion Nova x Cardi B Collection Launch Party at Hollywood Palladium on May 8, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Three music producers have accused the YouTube star of copying their 2015 song 'Bad Santa' in its entirety.

Just in time for the holidays, Jake Paul is being sued over his 2017 single “Litmas” by three Los Angeles-based music producers.

Erik Belz, Jonathan Pakfar and Shane Eli Abrahams have accused the YouTube star of copying the master recording and composition of their 2015 song “Bad Santa” in its entirety for “Litmas,” alleging that their song serves as the backing track for Paul’s. They further claim that Paul was in the same recording studio as they were on “multiple occasions” and heard “Bad Santa” prior to “Litmas’" release -- though they go on to state that “access is presumed” given the “blatant” similarities between the two songs.

“The sameness of the performance and striking similarity between Litmas and the protectable elements of the Work are obvious, such that an ordinary lay listener would instantly recognize the similarity between the works,” reads the complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in California on Friday. “The similarity surpasses the realm of generic coincidence and independent creation.”

Belz, Pakfar and Abrahams are asking the court to “preliminarily and permanently” enjoin the defendants from committing further acts of infringement related to the song. They are also requesting a reward of actual damages and profits attributable to the infringement or, “at plaintiffs’ election,” statutory damages, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs.

Though only Paul and his production company Team 10 are named as defendants, the producers claim that “all members of the distribution chain” for “Litmas” including co-writers, producers, licensors and distributors are “jointly and severally liable” for all amounts owed.

Representatives for Paul and Team 10 did not immediately respond to Billboard’s requests for comment.

In May, Paul's older brother Logan Paul -- also a popular vlogger and social media influencer -- was sued in May by rap-rock group Flobots, who claimed he had copied “prominent, qualitatively and quantitively important, original parts” of their 2008 song “Handlebars” for his 2017 single “No Handlebars.” That case was settled in October. 


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