While their $US 10 million lawsuit over the single Lick is still pending, Shenseea and her label, Interscope Records, will have to answer the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Stephanie Sarley in 2023 for the Foreplay music video.
Following the release of the Foreplay music video in October 2019, Sarley, an American contemporary multimedia artist who was well known for her erotic fruit art videos, accused Shenseea of infringing her copyright. Sarley’s fruit clips were included in the music video, and she threatened to take legal action against the entertainer.
The Foreplay video was removed from YouTube and replaced with an edited version with Sarley’s art excluded. However, Sarley proceeded with the lawsuit and filed for copyright infringement in California in October 2022, stating that her work had been used without her permission.
According to Danehallmag, the multimedia artist is seeking damages and the disgorgement of any and all gains, profits, and advantages obtained by the defendants. If the aforementioned will not be provided, Sarley has asked for “an award of statutory damages in an amount of up to $150,000” for each of her three works used and the repayment of other fees.
Reports state that Interscope’s parent company, UMG Recordings, and Shenseea have reached an agreement to respond to Sarley’s complaint by January 20, 2023.
In a joint filing on Monday, the parties relayed the agreement to the court, stating,
“The Parties have conferred and agree, and hereby stipulate, to extend the time for Defendant to answer or otherwise respond to Plaintiff’s Complaint by not more than thirty (30) days, from the current deadline of December 21, 2022, to January 20, 2023.”