Enrique Iglesias and his producer are being accused of stealing a songwriter’s composition for the title track for the 2001 Interscope album “Escape.” Henry Lorenzo Haynes claimed in a federal lawsuit filed last week in Miami that Iglesias’ producer Steve Morales recruited him for compositions in early 2001 and accepted a song titled “Remind Me” in the middle of the year. Haynes claims that song turned up, without any credit to him, on the album.
“Even an ordinary observer can hear the exact copy” in the English and Spanish versions of the song, the lawsuit said. “The misappropriation is severe.” Haynes said he registered his composition for a copyright on July 16, 2001, and Iglesias registered his Dec. 5, 2001.
He further claims he met Morales at his home and recording studios and was introduced to Iglesias on a studio visit. Morales later listened to “Remind Me,” said he thought it was a hit and took the copy that Haynes brought with him. After that, the lawsuit said Morales told Haynes that he was barred from the studio.
Haynes’ lawyer and Interscope did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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