Bloomberg Law
Aug. 7, 2020, 3:21 PM

Missy Elliott Sues Producer Over Copyrights in Early Recordings

Blake Brittain
Blake Brittain

Legendary rapper Missy Elliott sued producer Terry Williams in Florida federal court seeking a judgment that she owns composition rights in recordings she made at his studio in the mid-1990s.

Williams has sued Elliott in Pennsylvania for copyright infringement and breach of contract based on his alleged role in co-writing and producing the Elliott-written Aaliyah song “Heartbroken” and four songs performed by Elliott’s former R&B group Sista.

Elliott says she went to Williams’ studio several times only to listen to the beats in his database and rehearse her lyrics and melodies over them to “experiment with various sound combinations.” Elliott’s ...

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