Miley Cyrus Sued For Allegedly Stealing "We Can't Stop" From Reggae Song

Michael May a.k.a. Flourgon. June 1989

Michael May a.k.a. Flourgon. June 1989

Miley Cyrus poses in the press room at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 28, 2018.

The most recent example reportedly involves Miley Cyrus and her 2013 song "We Can't Stop" - specifically the lyrics "We run things / Things don't run we".

One of the biggest names in dancehall during the 1980s, Flourgon made a name with songs like We Run Things, Bounce, Big Batty Gal and Love Mi Lover Bad. And now we've got a veteran reggae artist suing Miley Cyrus because of the phrase "we run things, things don't run we". The publication summed up the lawsuit by saying "Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not stopping is the same thing as him saying he 'runs things'".

May said he sought to protect his work a year ago with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things".

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"The lawsuit also argues: "[Cyrus' song] owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content".

Representatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It served as the lead single off Cyrus' fourth studio album "Bangerz", which debuted atop Billboard 200.

According to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, the man also wants all sales, distribution and performances of "We Can't Stop" to stop until the case is settled.

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