Canadian avant garde circus troupe Cirque de Soleil filed a lawsuit against Justin Timberlake on Thursday over allegations that the singer and producer Timbaland (born Timothy Mosley) sampled a portion of one of Cirque’s original compositions without permission on his 2013 song “Don’t Hold the Wall.”
According to a Reuters report, in the federal lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, Cirque claims that the song from Timberlake’s 2013 double album, The 20/20 Experience, sampled from the song “Steel Dream,” which appeared on Cirque’s 1997 album Quidam. The suit, which also named Sony Music Entertainment, co-writers J-Roc and James Fauntleroy, Universal Music and WB Music Corp., is seeking a minimum of $800,000 in damages for copyright infringement. Billboard has reached out to representatives for Timberlake and Cirque du Soleil for comment.
In February, Timberlake, Will.i.am and Sony Music were sued by the sister of disco artist Perry Kibble over claims that the hook, rhythm and melody of Timberlake’s song “Damn Girl” were copied from Kibble’s 1969 composition “A New Day is Here At Last.”