IP Law News

Brooklyn Band Drops ‘Pray For Me’ Sample Case Against The Weeknd

June 2, 2020, 8:45 PM

Indie rock band Yeasayer dropped its copyright claims against The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar in Manhattan federal court over an alleged sample in their hit song “Pray For Me” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack.

The parties said in a joint court filing entered Monday that the band “confirmed to their satisfaction that no copyright infringement occurred.”

Yeasayer asserted in February that The Weeknd—whose given name is Abel Tesfaye—and Lamar sampled part of its 2007 song “Sunrise” with the band members “singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato” in “Pray For Me” without permission. The band accused Tesfaye and...

To read the full article log in. To learn more about a subscription click here.