Female Dancehall artiste Shenseea is being sued along with her label Interscope Records for copyright infringement after the claims were taken to court by Anastas Hackett about the song “Lick” featuring Megan Thee Stallion.
The beat for “Lick” was created by Canadian producer Murda Beatz but the sample used at the beginning of the song and the words of the chorus are said to have been taken from a Soca track called “Work” sung by Denise Belfon and produced by Hackett also known as ‘Pupa Nas-T’ and Harkness Taitt.
The filing was done at a US District Court in the Southern District of New York on March 4, where Hackett and his record label Traveling Man Productions LLC made his copyright complaint and made it known that they are requiring a $10 Million US damage compensation along with the profits generated from the song.
According to Dancehall Mag who initially published the story, the filing was done in 9 pages of court documents and Interscope along with Shenseea and Alexandre Escolier from Atal Music Limited in the United Kingdom were noted as defendants.
As for the track, Hackett told the news medium who spoke with him that he did not give any consent to the usage of the sample in “Lick” due to him not being satisfied with what was being offered.
As such the producer expressed that Shenseea and her team went ahead and released the song without his permission which violated the copyright act of the United States.
As such the specific requests that are being made by Hackett is for the singer and her team to compensate him for copyright infringement damages, and maximum statutory damages plus the fees he paid to get an attorney.
Dancehall Mag noted that they made contact with Romeich who co-manages Shenseea but was told that he knew nothing of such a lawsuit since everything would have been taken care of on the side of the Major Label.
Watch the music video for “Lick” below.